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The 2014 AFC Challenge Cup was the fifth and the final edition of the AFC Challenge Cup,[1] an international football competition for Asian Football Confederation (AFC) member nations that are mainly categorized as "emerging countries" in the now defunct Vision Asia programme. It took place from 19 to 30 May 2014.[2] The winner, Palestine, qualified to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.[3]

2014 AFC Challenge Cup
Tournament details
Host countryMaldives
Dates19–30 May
Teams8
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Palestine (1st title)
Runners-up Philippines
Third place Maldives
Fourth place Afghanistan
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored35 (2.19 per match)
Attendance51,500 (3,219 per match)
Top scorer(s)State of Palestine Ashraf Nu'man
(4 goals)
Best player(s)State of Palestine Murad Ismail
2012

HostsEdit

The AFC decided that an automatic qualification place will be given to the tournament's hosts starting from this edition.[4] Four countries then expressed interest in bidding to host the tournament; India,[5] Maldives,[6] Philippines,[7] and Tajikistan.[8] The AFC announced on 13 November 2012 that the Philippines and Maldives were in the final shortlist to host the Finals.[9] The final decision was taken in the AFC Competitions Committee meeting on 28 November 2012, and the hosting rights were given to the Maldives.[10] The Maldives Ministry of Youth and Sports then claimed that they wanted to host the tournament due to the poor facilities they encountered in the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup which the Maldives qualified and competed in.[11]

In mid-November 2013, AFC president Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa announced that the Philippines would be the backup hosts "if something goes wrong in Maldives."[12] By 25 November, the AFC proposed - pending the approval of the Executive Committee - to move the tournament from the Maldives to the Philippines if the Maldives do not start the required renovation work by 15 December 2013.[13] The AFC then inspected possible venues in Manila and the Philippine Football Federation claimed that they would be ready to host the tournament if given the nod.[14][15] Despite this, the Maldives' Ministry of Youth and Sports said they would do everything necessary for the country to host the tournament.[16][17] On 7 January 2014, the AFC announced that the Maldives would remain as the host of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup.[18]

VenuesEdit

After the Maldives were given the hosting rights of the tournament, the Maldives' Ministry of Youth and Sports stated that the listed venues below would be used but renovations would be required.[11] Renovations then started in mid-January 2014 and was expected to be completed within 90 days.[19][20] In a function on 12 May, the National Stadium was handed over to the Ministry of Youth and Sports and opened by President Abdulla Yameen. The stadium was also re-branded as the 'National Football Stadium'.[21][22] Another function six days later at the second venue, originally known as the Hithadhoo Zone Stadium, was handed over and inaugurated by former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. It was also re-branded as the 'Addu Footbal Stadium'.[23]

Malé, Kaafu Atoll Addu City, Addu Atoll
National Football Stadium Addu Football Stadium

4°10′26.7″N 73°30′47.1″E / 4.174083°N 73.513083°E / 4.174083; 73.513083 (Galolhu National Stadium)

0°38′28.68″S 73°8′28.8″E / 0.6413000°S 73.141333°E / -0.6413000; 73.141333 (Addu City)

Capacity: 13,000

(renovated)

Capacity: 5,000

(renovated)

 

QualificationEdit

The qualification draw was held on 11 December 2012 in AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[24] The twenty teams involved in the qualification draw were drawn into five groups of four teams. The five group winners plus the two best second-placed teams qualified for the finals. North Korea, the 2010 and 2012 champions, were excluded from participating in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup.[10]

Qualified nationsEdit

Country Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament
  Maldives Hosts 28 November 2012 1 (2012)
  Afghanistan Group C winner 6 March 2013 2 (2006, 2008)
  Myanmar Group A winner 6 March 2013 2 (2008, 2010)
  Palestine Group D winner 6 March 2013 2 (2006, 2012)
  Laos Best runner-up team 21 March 2013 0 (debut)
  Kyrgyzstan Group B winner 21 March 2013 2 (2006, 2010)
  Philippines Group E winner 26 March 2013 2 (2006, 2012)
  Turkmenistan 2nd best runner-up team 26 March 2013 3 (2008, 2010, 2012)

DrawEdit

The eight participating teams were drawn into two brackets of the group stage. To prepare for this, the teams were separated into four pots of two teams each based on their performance in the 2012 edition of the tournament with the exception of hosts being placed in Pot 1. The final draw was held at the Paradise Island Resort in the Maldives on 12 February 2014.[25][26]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

  Maldives (hosts)
  Turkmenistan

  Philippines
  Palestine

  Kyrgyzstan
  Afghanistan

  Laos
  Myanmar

SquadsEdit

Each team can name a squad of 23 players.[3]

Group stageEdit

Tie-breaking criteriaEdit

The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss) and tie breakers are in following order:[3]

  1. Greater number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
  3. Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. Goal difference in all the group matches;
  5. Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches;
  6. Kicks from the penalty mark if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play;
  7. Fewer score calculated according to the number of yellow and red cards received in the group matches; (1 point for each yellow card, 3 points for each red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for each direct red card, 4 points for each yellow card followed by a direct red card)
  8. Drawing of lots.
Key to colours in group tables
Top two placed teams advance to the semi-finals

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Palestine 3 2 1 0 3 0 +3 7
  Maldives 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
  Kyrgyzstan 3 1 0 2 1 3 −2 3
  Myanmar 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 3
Palestine  1–0  Kyrgyzstan
Abuhabib   90+6' Report
Maldives  2–3  Myanmar
Umair   55'
Ashfaq   90+6'
Report Kyaw Ko Ko   39'90+5'
Nyein Chan Aung   45+1'

Myanmar  0–2  Palestine
Report Abuhabib   45+4'
Nu'man   50'
Kyrgyzstan  0–2  Maldives
Report Ashfaq   61'71'
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Wang Di (China PR)

Maldives  0–0  Palestine
Report
Kyrgyzstan  1–0  Myanmar
Verevkin   18' Report

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Philippines 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 7
  Afghanistan 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 5
  Turkmenistan 3 1 0 2 6 6 0 3
  Laos 3 0 1 2 1 7 −6 1
Turkmenistan  5–1  Laos
Baýramow   42'
Durdyýew   50' (pen.)85'
Keodouangdeth   55' (o.g.)
Hojaahmedow   87'
Report Sayavutthi   34'
Philippines  0–0  Afghanistan
Report

Laos  0–2  Philippines
Report Rota   41'
Reichelt   63'
Afghanistan  3–1  Turkmenistan
Amiri   45+1'
Hatifi   61'
Shayesteh   86'
Report Muhadow   64'

Turkmenistan  0–2  Philippines
Report P. Younghusband   49'
Reichelt   73'
Afghanistan  0–0  Laos
Report

Knockout stageEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
27 May
 
 
  Palestine2
 
30 May
 
  Afghanistan0
 
  Palestine1
 
27 May
 
  Philippines0
 
  Philippines (a.e.t.)3
 
 
  Maldives2
 
Third place
 
 
29 May
 
 
  Afghanistan1 (7)
 
 
  Maldives (p)1 (8)

Semi-finalsEdit

Palestine  2–0  Afghanistan
Nu'man   43' (pen.)47' Report

Philippines  3–2 (a.e.t.)  Maldives
P. Younghusband   19'
Lucena   38'
C. Greatwich   104'
Report Umair   36'
Abdulla   66'

Third place play-offEdit

Afghanistan  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Maldives
Karimi   114' Report Fasir   118'
Penalties
Alikhil  
Zazai  
Hadid  
Karimi  
Faqiryar  
Sharityar  
Daudi  
Sakhizada  
Shayesteh  
7–8[27]   Ashfaq
  Abdul Ghanee
  Fasir
  Rilwan
  Qasim
  Rasheed
  Ali
  Mohamed
  Fazeel

FinalEdit

Palestine  1–0  Philippines
Nu'man   59' Report

StatisticsEdit

Team statisticsEdit

This table shows all team performance. Matches that ended in a penalty shoot out are counted as draws

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD
Reached the knockout stage
1   Palestine 5 4 1 0 6 0 +6
2   Philippines 5 3 1 1 7 3 +4
3   Maldives 5 1 2 2 7 7 0
4   Afghanistan 5 1 3 1 4 4 0
Eliminated in the group stage
5   Turkmenistan 3 1 0 2 6 6 0
6   Myanmar 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2
7   Kyrgyzstan 3 1 0 2 1 3 −2
8   Laos 3 0 1 2 1 7 −6

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Kickoff delayed from 21:00 due to rain.

ReferencesEdit

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