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14 June 08:

COLOMBO : Maldives beat India by a solitary goal to lift their maiden South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship title on Saturday.

Mukhtar Nasser netted the all-important goal for the co-hosts in the 89th minute which helped them take a sweet revenge against the favourites whom they lost 1-0 in the group stage.

Sunil Chhetri forced a save from Maldives goalkeeper Imran Mohamed in the second period while Indian custodian Subrata Pal thwarted an attempt from Ali Ashfaq. However, Pal could not do much when Nasser’s long-range scorcher crashed into net two minute from time.


14th June 2008:Defending Champions India take on Maldives in the Finals of SAFF Cup 2008,Maldives & Srilanka to be played at Sugathdasa Stadium Colombo on Saturday. India have won the title four times having won it in 1993 ,1997 ,1999 & 2005.Maldives,who lost by a solitary goal in the group stage have been Runners up twice including once to India in 1997. On the way to Finals India had defeated Nepal 4-0,Pakistan 2-1 and Maldives 1-0 and Bhutan 2-1 in the Semi Finals.

Maldives on the other hand beat Pakistan 3-0, Nepal 4-1,lost 0-1 to India and defeated Srilanka 1-0 in the Semi Finals.

Indian camp has some injuries problems with NS Manju and Steven Dias while Rennedy Singh & Climax Lawrence are recovering after injuries in the last match.Samir Naik who missed out Semi Finals against Bhutan due to double booking is expected to play.

11th June 08 : India beat Bhutan 2-1 in the SAFF Cup 2008,Maldives & Srilanka semifinals match played at National Stadium ,Male on Wednesday.Both the teams were tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time .Kinley Dorji surprised India with agoal from the left flank in the 16th minute.India got few chances in the first half but failed to convert till Sunil Chhetri struck one from left in the 30th minute to level scores 1-1. The match went into extra time and Gourmangi Singh headed in the ball in the last  minute of the extra time.

7th June 2008:INDIA beat Maldives 1-0 in their last Group A match of SAFF Cup 2008 championship match played at Male on Saturday.India retsed its key players Baichung Bhutia and NP Pradeep and Gourmangi Singh scored in the 14th min through a header.Indian Samir Naik was red carded in the 68th min and Indian defence had to ward off many attacks in the last twenty minutes.India now top the Group Ahaving won all of their matches.


5th June 2008:

Defending champions India defeated Pakistan 2-1 in their second Group A match of the SAFF Cup 2008,Maldives & Srilanka played on Thursday at National Stadium ,Male .India scored both its goals in the first half. In form NP Pradeep gave India their first goal in the 25th minute after his shot to goal hit bottom corner of the goal beating the Pakistani goalkeeper. Steven Dias scored the second goal for India just before the lemon break after he received a pass from Baichung Bhutia.Pakistan reduced the margin in the 88th minute through Farouq Adnan who scored through a header from a corner.India used its substitutes Sushil Kumar Singh ,Bungo Singh & Mehrajuddin Waddo for Baichung Bhutia ,Steven Dias and NP Pradeep in the second half.India now plays hosts Maldives on Saturday.

3rd June 2008:

India scored a convincing 4-0 win against Nepal in their first Group A match of SAFF Cup 2008 played on Monday at Male.India led 2-0 at the lemon break with goals from NP Pradeep /26th min and Captain Baichung Bhutia in 34th mintues .Sunil Chettri /67th min and Sushil Kumar/83rd min also added goals for India in the second half.


Earlier on 30 May 2008:
SAFF Cup 2008 :
Following Players and Officials will represent India in the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Cup 2008,Maldives & Srilanka from 3rd to 14 June 08 . The Indian Football team which leaves Chennai for Maldives on Saturday are drawn in Group A of the competition alongwith Maldives ,Nepal and Pakistan and play their first match against Nepal on 3rd June.

Goalkeepers: K Subrata Paul , Subhashish Roy Chowdhary.

Defenders: Mahesh Gawli ,Gouramangi Singh, Deepak Mondal ,N S Manju , Anwar , Sameer Naik.

Midfielders : Steven Dias ,Climax Lawrence ,N P Pradeep , Bungo Singh ,

Mehrajuddin Wadoo ,Renedy Singh & Kattimani .

Forwards : Baichung Bhutia (Capt) , Sunil Chetri , Manjit Singh , Abhishek Yadav & Sushil Singh

Officials :Chief Coach : Bob D Houghton GK Coach: Marcus A Pacheco Coach : Savio Medeira Coach : Stanley Rozario Physical Trainer :Suresh Babu Doctor : Dr Arya Roy Physio :Dr Gagan Kapoor & Manager :Pradeep Chowdhary

Posted on : Friday May 30, 2008