Afc Challenge Cup

  • Philippines earn AFC Challenge Cup spot March 27, 2013

    Manila: The Philippines defeated Turkmenistan 1-0 to earn a spot in next year's Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup in the Maldives. The country's most popular footballer Phil Younghusband scored in the 67th minute with a right-footed shot as the home side secured the top spot in Group E of the...
  • India suffer a 1-0 defeat against Myanmar in AFC Challenge March 6, 2013

    Yangon: The Indian football team suffered a 0-1 defeat at the hands of Myanmar in its last league match of the qualifying event of the AFC Challenge Cup here, which put the country's chances of advancing to the final round of the tournament in a difficult position. Home side substitute Soe...
  • Chhetri confident about the match against Myanmar March 5, 2013

    Yangon: Captain Sunil Chhetri who scored two goals against Guam in India's last match of the AFC Challenge Cup 2014 feels the 'team plays well in such matches.' A day prior to the big day, Chhetri spoke about what needs to be done, the intensity of the situation, the mood...
  • India beat Guam 4-0 in AFC Challenge Cup March 4, 2013

    Yangon: India won their second successive match in the AFC Challenge Cup 2014 when they breezed past Guam 4-0 at the Yangon Training Centre on Monday. All the four goals came in the second half. India now stay on six points from two matches. Sunil Chhetri opened the scoring in the...
  • India to take on Guam in AFC Challenge Cup March 3, 2013

    Yangon: On a high after a win against Chinese Taipei in the opening tie, a confident India will take on Guam in their next match of the AFC Challenge Cup qualifying tournament here Monday. India notched up a 2-1 win over Chinese Taipei in the opening match via an injury-time...
  • India beat Chinese Taipei 2-1 to begin their campaign March 2, 2013

    Yangon: India began their AFC Challenge Cup campaign in style as they beat Chinese Taipei 2-1 in their first match of the AFC Challenge Cup 2013 (Qualifiers) at the Yangon Training Centre on Saturday (March 2). Jewel Raja Shaikh put India in the lead in the 40th minute while substitute...
  • Koevermans confident of qualifying for AFC Challenge Cup March 1, 2013

    Yangon: National football coach Wim Koevermans said on Friday India were at the the AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers not to just make up the numbers but to "win the tournament". India have been clubbed in Group A alongside hosts Myanmar, Chinese Taipei and Guam and will play their first match...
  • I cannot rest on past laurels, says Sunil Chhetri March 1, 2013

    Yangon: India skipper Sunil Chhetri, who had struck a hat-trick in the final when India won the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup, stressed on the importance of not resting on past laurels and said he is focussed on leading the team's campaign in the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers. Ahead of the opener...
  • Acclimatising fast is very important: Koevermans February 27, 2013

    Yangon: India's chief football coach Wim Koevarmans Wednesday said acclimatisation will be the key as his boys gear up for the AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers starting here March 2. "The idea stays to get enough rest to overcome and adjust after the hectic travel schedules. Travelling is tiring and takes...
  • Koevermans names 30 probables for Preparatory Camp February 8, 2013

    New Delhi: National Coach Wim Koevermans has named 30 probables for the Preparatory Camp for the AFC Challenge Cup (2014) Qualifiers. The Camp will kick-off at the Bharatiya Vidyapeeth premises in Pune from February 12, 2013. All the Players and support staff would be reporting to the Camp the previous...
  • DPR Korea lifts AFC Challenge Cup 2012 March 20, 2012

    Korea: DPR Korea beat Turkmenistan 2-1 to successfully defend their title in the Challenge Cup 2012 final played at the Dashrath Rangasala in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Monday evening. Berdy Shamuradov (2') had provided a shock lead to Turkmenistan which was cancelled by Il-Gwan Jong in the 36th minute. It was Song-Hyok Jang's...
  • DPR Korea ease into AFC Challenge Cup final March 17, 2012

    Kathmandu: Tournament favourites DPR Korea easily disposed off Palestine 2-0 in the second semi-final of the AFC Challenge Cup on Friday after Turkmenistan had already booked a final berth as well. Pak Kwang-ryong's brace, with goals in the 41st minute and the 69th minute, gave the defending champions an easy win...
  • Challenge Cup: Strong Turkmenistan enter final March 17, 2012

    Kathmandu: Turkmenistan made a brilliant comeback to score twice in seven minutes to beat Philippines 2-1 at the Dashrat Rangsala Stadium, Nepal in the first semi-final of the AFC Challenge Cup on Friday. Goals from Arsalanmyrat Amanov and Gahrymanberdy Chonkaev late in the second half were enough for the Turks after...
  • AFC Challenge: Medeira blames players for exit March 14, 2012

    Kathmandu: Savio Medeira expressed displeasure with the Indian contingent after his side were thrashed 4-0 by DPR Korea in their final match of the AFC Challenge Cup 2012 in Group B on Tuesday. "Everyone saw it, the team lacked spirit and there was no one willing to show responsibility, and as...
  • AFC Challenge: Philippines knock out Tajikistan March 14, 2012

    Kathmandu: Philippines kept up their resurgent display in the AFC Challenge Cup as they followed up their 2-0 win against India with a 2-1 triumph against Tajikistan in their last Group B fixture on Tuesday. They eventually won the encounter against Tajikistan 2-1 at the Halchowk Stadium in Nepal to confirm...
  • AFC Challenge: India lose to North Korea 4-0 March 13, 2012

    Kathmandu: India ended their disappointing campaign in the AFC Challenge Cup with a 0-4 loss to North Korea in their last league match at the Dashrath Stadium here on Tuesday. North Korea, who won all their three matches, top Group B and move into the semis with nine points. Even prior to...
  • No joy for Nepal as Turkmenistan top Group A March 13, 2012

    Kathmandu: It was a disappointing final game for the Nepal team as well as the home fans who saw their team succumb to a morale-crushing 0-3 thrashing at the hands of Turkmenistan on Monday in the AFC Challenge Cup. An already eliminated and dispirited Nepali side succumbed to their third...
  • Palestine pip Maldives, enter AFC Challenge semis March 12, 2012

    Kathmandu: Palestine defeated Maldives 2-0 in their final match of Group A played at Halchowk Stadium on Monday to seal their spot in the semi-finals of the AFC Challenge Cup after finishing second in Group A. Husam Wadi (59') and Ashraf Al Fawaghra (93+3') were the two goalscorers who helped the...
  • Ousted India face DPR Korea in AFC Challenge Cup March 12, 2012

    Kathmandu: Knocked out of the tournament following two successive defeats, the Indian football team will look to salvage some pride when it takes on favourites DPR Korea in an inconsequential match in the AFC Challenge Cup on Tuesday. The Group B encounter is India's last in the tournament. DPR Korea are far...
  • We don't have quality strikers: Medeira March 12, 2012

    Kathmandu: As India bowed out of the AFC Challenge Cup with second straight defeat, coach Savio Medeira rued lack of opportunities for strikers to improve because of flawed strategy of I-League clubs. India lost to Philippines 0-2 on Sunday, having lost to Tajikistan earlier. Medeira also said the defeats were, "the collective...
  • India lose to Philippines 0-2, out of AFC Cup March 11, 2012

    Kathmandu: India's hopes of winning the AFC Challenge Cup football tournament went up in smoke after they suffered a 0-2 defeat to Philippines here on Sunday. This was India's second defeat in the tournament - they lost to Tajikistan by a similar margin in their opening match on Friday. Philip James Younghusband,...
  • Maldives down Nepal 1-0 in Challenge Cup March 10, 2012

    Kathmandu: In their second match at the Dasarath Rangasala Stadium in Kathmandu, Maldives beat Nepal by a solitary goal scored by Mohammed Rasheed in the 51st minute to send the hosts packing out of AFC Challenge Cup. It was Mohammad Rasheed's first international goal for the island nation which dashed the...
  • Palestine, Turkmenistan play out goalless draw March 10, 2012

    Kathmandu: Palestine and Turkmenistan remained locked in a stalemate in Saturday's Group A match of the Challenge Cup 2012 played at the Halchowk Rangasala, Kathmandu, Nepal. Ahmed Mahajna returned to the backline for Palestine, alongside Murad Said, after completing his one-match ban that saw him miss the match against Nepal. Both the...
  • India all set for Philippines challenge March 10, 2012

    Kathmandu: Indian football coach Savio Medeira is hoping that his boys will not repeat the past mistakes when they take on Philippines in the AFC Challenge Cup, here on Sunday. Philippines are expected to come hard against India having lost their first match to Korea. India too have lost to Tajikistan in...
  • Korea cruise past Philippines 2-0 in AFC Challenge March 9, 2012

    Kathmandu: DPR Korea defeated Philippines 2-0 in an enthralling Group B match of the Challenge Cup 2012 played at the Halchowk stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Friday. Pak Nam-Chol scored the opener by heading past Neil Etheridge in the 58th minute, while Jang Kuk-Chol (70) ensured three points with an opportunistic...
  • AFC Challenge: India suffer 0-2 loss vs Tajikistan March 9, 2012

    Kathmandu: India made a disastrous start to their AFC Challenge Cup football tournament as they lost 0-2 to Tajikistan in their opening league match, here on Friday. After a barren but evenly contested first half, the Indians let in two goals after the hour mark with Akhtam Khamrakulov (60th minute) and...
  • Tough task for India in AFC Challenge Cup March 9, 2012

    It is a tournament that has provided the national team with their best moment in recent times, and India will be raring to taste similar success when they kick off their 2012 AFC Challenge Cup campaign in Kathmandu on Friday. Coincidentally, the team they are up against first is Tajikistan,...
  • Palestine cruise past Nepal in AFC Challenge March 8, 2012

    Kathmandu: Palestine broke the hearts of thousands of Nepali fans in the Dashrath Rangasala stadium, as they romped to a 2-0 win against the hosts in a Group A encounter in Kathmandu. Alaa Atya put the Al-Fursan ahead as early as the 4th minute when Palestine were the first to react...
  • Turkmenistan beat Maldives 3-1 in AFC Challenge March 8, 2012

    Kathamandu: In the first encounter of the AFC Challenge Cup 2012 it was Maldives who took on Turkmenistan in a Group A encounter in Kathamandu, Nepal. Turkmenistan, in spite of going behind rather early in the encounter, came from behind and comfortably edged Maldives by putting three goals past them. The...
  • India confident of winning start in AFC Cup March 8, 2012

    Kathmandu: The mood in the Indian camp is upbeat as the Sunil Chhetri-led side gets ready to begin its campaign against a higher ranked Tajikistan in the AFC Challenge Cup football tournament at the Dasarath Stadium here on Friday. India did not have a great outing in the two international friendlies...