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AIFF PRESS RELEASE: 03.09.2018 : Coach Stephen Constantine informed that promising defender Subhasish Bose will don the Captain’s armband in the India’s SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018 opener against Sri Lanka at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka on Wednesday, (September 5, 2018). "Subhasish has been very impressive in the recent camps. In the first few days, he had to work a lot and being a fighter, he has made a strong comeback. I'm very proud of him and obviously, it's going to be a very special moment for him,” Coach lavished praise on the youngster.
India's fixtures in the SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018 is as follows:
September 5: India v Sri Lanka (IST 6.30pm). September 9: India v Maldives (IST 6.30pm).

On being asked whether the defending champions will start as the ‘favourites,’ the 55-year-old coach quashed it completely. "I have always looked to this opportunity to provide some International experience to the youngsters and that's why we have come with an U-23 squad. Obviously, we have come to win the tournament as we have always done. We have a fair chance of getting the job done but I won't say that we're going to start as favourites."

“The whole squad is eagerly waiting to get the ball rolling and I would like to say that every single member of the team is eagerly waiting. Everyone will be up for the games against us and it'll be a great experience,” he said. India have been clubbed with Sri Lanka and one-time champions Maldives (2008) in Group B, whereas hosts Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan are the teams in Group A.

India have arrived in Dhaka fresh from a preparatory Camp since July 28, 2018 in Delhi and then a 17-day preparatory camp in Sydney where they played three friendly fixtures against APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC, Sydney FC and Rydalmere Lions FC respectively. On being asked how the camp helped the boys prepare for the championship, Constantine stated: "The three games in Australia have been terrific practice for us. The game against Sydney FC, that too against their first squad has been a great lesson for us. We got a few positive feedbacks from Australia and those are going to be pretty helpful for us in the coming days."

Subhasish, who caught the imagination, thanks to his swashbuckling show off late, informed that it’s a ‘dream-come-true’ moment for him. "It's a dream-come-true situation for me to lead the National Team. I'd like to thank our coach for his trust in me and I'd give my best to make the best of my opportunity,” he stated.


04.09.2018 : Nepal VS Pakistan
04.09.2018 : Bangladesh VS Bhutan
06.09.2018 : Nepal VS Bhutan
06.09.2018 : Bangladesh VS Pakistan
08.09.2018 : Pakistan VS Bhutan
08.09.2018 : Bangladesh VS Nepal


05.09.2018 : India VS Sri Lanka
07.09.2018 : Sri Lanka VS Maldives
09.09.2018 : India VS Maldivesl

12.09.2018: Winner A VS Runner-up B
12.09.2018: Winner B VS Runner-up A

15.09.2018: Winner SF1 VS Winner SF2


09.09.2018 (GR-B): INDIA 2-0 MALDIVES (FT..)

08.09.2018 ( GR-A): Pakistan 3-0 Bhutan
PAK : Riaz 20', Bashir 29', Ahmed 90+1'

08.09.2018 ( GR-A): Bangladesh 0-2 Nepal
NEP : B. Magar 33', N. Shrestha 90'

07.09.2018 ( GR-B): Maldives 0-0 Sri Lanka

06.09.2018 : Nepal 4-0 Bhutan
NEP : A. Tamang 21', S.Bal 71', Khawas 79', Khadka 88'

06.09.2018 ( GR-A): Bangladesh 1-0 Pakistan
BAN :Barman 85'

05.09.2018 ( GR-B): India 2-0 Sri Lanka
NEP : Kuruniyan 35', Chhangte 47'

04.09.2018 ( GR-A): Nepal 1–2 Pakistan
NEP : Bimal Magar 82'
PAK : Bashir 36' (pen.), Mu. Ali 90+6'

04.09.2018 ( GR-A): Bangladesh 2-0 Bhutan
BAN : Barman 3' (pen.), M. Rahman 47'


15.09.018: INDIA 1-2 MALDIVES (FT..)
INDIA  <b><font color=red> 1-2 </b></font> MALDIVES (FT)
MAL: Ibrahim Hussian 19', Ali Fassir 66'
IND :Sumeet Passi 90'+1'
IND :Vishal Kaith, Salam Ranjan Singh, Subhasish Bose, Davinder Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Manvir Singh, Sarthak Golui, Vinit Rai, Farukh Chowdary, Ashique Kuruniyan, Nikhil Poojary

AIFF PRESS RELEASE : The Indian National Team went down fighting 1-2 against Maldives in the Final of the SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka today (September 15, 2018). Maldives scored a goal-a-piece in either half, and the only Indian goal came in the added extra time of the second handed courtesy of a Sumeet Passi strike as the Isanders went on to win the SAFF Trophy.

The Indians however, started on a positive note but a couple of brilliantly executed counter attacks and a resilient defensive display from the Islanders shattered the defending champions' dream of clinching their record eighth SAFF title.

India were the brighter side at the starting of the match as they continued to push Maldives to their limit until they scored against the run of the play in the 19th minute. On a quick counter-attacking move, Naiz Hussain played a deft delivery to Ibrahim Hussain only to see him gleefully score the opener before the 20-minute mark. Meanwhile, this was the first instance in the SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018 where India were trailing against their opponents.

India, in their pursuit of the equaliser, came close quite a few times but the attackers were missing the finesse in front of the opposition goal. On the half-hour mark, Ashique delivered a low cross from the left flank directed to Farukh who lost his balance to lose the opportunity. On the resultant corner, Subhasish jumped to head it home but the Maldivian goalie Mohamed Faisal fisted the danger away.

One minute later, Manvir Singh, who happened to be the reigning highest scorer of SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018, latched on another attack but it rippled the side-netting. India headed to the changing room trailing by the solitary goal. Maldives doubled their lead in the 68th minute only to add a pinch of salt to India's wounds. On another quick counter-attacking move, Hamzath Mohamed outran the Indian defence line to glide it on to an onrushing Ali Fasir who poked it home to send the Maldives bench into a rupture.

Subhasish got another tantalisingly appealing chance to breach the Maldivian defense from a well-taken corner by Hitesh in the 79th minute. He was left completely unmarked and a tap-in could have done the trick for the boys in Blue but the skipper mistimed it to see the ball go out of bounce.

Sumeet Passi sprung some life into the game having scored a goal for India in the added time but it was too late to deny the inevitable. On a cross from the right wing by Nikhil, Sumeet tucked it in to breach the sturdy Maldivian defense finally. The Maldivian goalie came out with another couple of terrific saves to deny the Indians to clinch their second SAFF Championship trophy.


INDIA <b><font color=red> 3-1 </b></font> PAKISTAN (FT)
12.09.2018: INDIA 3-1 PAKISTAN (FT)

IND : Manvir Singh 49', 68', Sumit Passi 83'

INDIA : Vishal Kaith (GK), Davinder Singh, Sarthak Golui, Salam Ranjan Singh, Subhasish Bose (C), Nikhil Poojary (Lallianzuala Chhangte 68'), Anirudh Thapa, Vinit Rai, Ashique Kuruniyan (Vignesh D 89'), Manvir Singh (Sumeet Passi 82'), Farukh Choudhary.

AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Two delectable strikes from magical Manvir Singh and an opportunistic header from substitute Sumeet Passi helped defending champions India breeze past Pakistan 3-1 to romp into the final of the SAFF Suzuki Cup at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka on Wednesday (September 12, 2018). After a goalless first-half, Manvir scored his first in the 49th minute only to double the score-line twenty minutes later. Substitute Passi sealed the fate of the match in the 83rd minute. For Pakistan Hassan Bashir reduced the margin in the 88th minute.

India will now meet Maldives in the summit clash on September 15 (Saturday) who made short work of Nepal 3-0 in the first semi-final. The first goal came off a brilliant counter-attack. Ashique Kuruniyan, relying on his signature pace ran past everyone down the left and unleashed a low cross which was gleefully tapped in by Manvir to set the Indian fans berserk.

If that was good, the second goal was even better. Lalliazuala Chhangte who replaced Nikhil Poojary in the 68th minute made an immediate impact as India doubled the lead. The super-sub made a blistering run down the middle of the pitch, sidestepped two defenders and passed it to Vinit Rai. The midfielder on turn rolled it to Manvir who blasted it home from top of the box. However, following a challenge, Manvir was substituted as Stephen Constantine brought in Sumeet Passi.

The former AIFF Academy cadet took less than a minute to join the party as he found the target in the 83rd. Ashique, the architect of the first goal, made an identical run down the flank to deliver it for Passi who headed home clinically. However, India received a blow as Chhangte was given marching orders for an off the ball offence on Mohsin Ali. Mohsin was also red-carded for his challenge.

Earlier, India had the first opportunity of the game in the 10th minute itself but that time Manvir wasn’t able to connect Ashique’s perfect cross.Seasoned Pakistan goalkeeper Yusuf Butt also came up with some spectacular saves to keep the Indians at bay in the first-half – the most notable being his save to deny Subhashish Bose’s volley off an Anirudh Thapa corner.

India survived a scare in the 39th minute when Pakistan earned an indirect free-kick at the edge of the 6-yard box but Goalkeeper Vishal Kaith came up with back to back saves to deny Pakistan.



INDIA <b><font color=red> 2-0 </b></font> SRI LANKA (FT..)

09.09.2018: INDIA 2-0 MALDIVES (FT..)
IND : ishal Kaith (GK); Davinder Singh, Salam Ranjan Singh, Subhasish Bose, Jerry Lalrinzuala; Nikhil Poojary (Hitesh Sharma 86'), Anirudh Thapa, Vinit Rai, Lallianzuala Chhangte (Vignesh D 46'), Manvir Singh, Farukh Choudhary (Sumeet Passi 67').

AIFF PRESS RELEASE : India defeated Maldives 2-0 to book a semi-final clash with arch rivals Pakistan in the SAFF Suzuki Cup. The semi-final which will be the first official meeting of the two teams after a gap of 5 years will be played at Dhaka’s Bangabandhu Stadium on Wednesday (September 12, 2018).

The last time the two teams had met in an official match was also in a SAFF Championship in Kathmandu in September 2013. India had won 1-0 on that occasion. On Sunday (September 9), maiden International goals from Nikhil Poojary (36th) and Manvir Singh (45th) helped India to finish on pole position in Group B on 6 points. Nikhil could have scored the opener in the 11th minute itself but despite getting all the power behind his header off a Anirudh Thapa cross, it sailed over.

Nikhil and Lallianzuala Chhangte were constantly swapping positions on the wings and that stretched the rival defence. India eventually surged into the lead in the 36th minute. Nikhil played a one-two with Farukh and as the rival defender despite intercepting it fumbled a bit, Nikhil pounced on the loose ball and placed it delectably past the rival Goalkeeper Mohamed Faisal.

Manvir doubled the lead almost at the stroke of interval. Thapa, a bit off-balanced with a rival midfielder shadowing him, managed to essay a gem of a pass for Manvir who sidestepped the onrushing Faisal and pushed it in. Changing over, Nikhil stayed a constant threat to the Maldives defence all throughout. In the 64th minute, a cross from him down the right was averted by an acrobatic Faisal.

Maldives, meanwhile, continued to look to reduce the margin and had not Jerry Lalrinzuala intercepted in time in the 73rd minute, they could have had a shot at the Indian goal. The Indian defenders didn’t allow them much space to manoeuvre. In the 78th minute an alert Indian Goalkeeper Vishal Kaith was quick to come off his line, in fact, outside the box to clear in time. Kaith’s reflexes allowed India to maintain a clean slate, the lanky custodian coming up with a couple of saves in the last 5 minutes.


INDIA <b><font color=red> 2-0 </b></font> SRI LANKA (FT..)

05.09.2018: INDIA 2-0 SRI LANKA (FT..)
IND : Ashique 35', Chhangte 47'
IND : Vishal Kaith, Salam Ranjan, Subhasish, Anirudh Thapa, Germanpret, Sumeet Passi, Sarthak Golui, Farukh Chowdhury, Ashique, L.Chhangte, Sajid Dhot.

SLK : D.Sujan, d. Subhas, B.Warakagoda, Duckson, Sajith, Kavindu, Md. Rifnaz, Ashikur, Md. Fazal, Afeel, Bandara.

FULL TIME India beat Sri Lanka in 2-0 in their first match of SAFF SUZUKI CUP.
90': 3 minutes of added time.
87': Another fine save by Sujan to deny Farukh's header.
85': India leading 2-0 still now against Sri Lanka.
81': Manvir's shot, Sujan made good save again.
80':Farukh's long ranger, deflected and a fine save by keeper. Corner to India.
80':Manvir's header went wide.
79':Another corner to India.
INDIA <b><font color=red> 2-0 </b></font> SRI LANKA (FT..)

77': Players Change in India: Vinit Rai in place of Anirudh Thapa.
74':Chance to Anirudh, but his weak flick made it easy for Sri Lankan keeper Sujan.
71':Farukh's shot hit the crossbar, rebound chance to Manvir, but his shot went wide.
70': Players Change in India: Manvir in place of Sumeet
65':Back to back two corner of India, Nikhil's shot went wide.
64':Another cross from right flank, cleared and corner to India.
63': Nikhil's cross from right flank, chance to Anirudh but his shot is blocked.
60': After a hour of play, India leading 2-0 against Sri Lanka.
58':Sri Lanka's corner, cleared in defence.
56': Players Change in India: Nikhil in place of Ashique.
51':Another cross from left flank, cleared and corner to India.
47':GOALLLLLLLLLLL Chhangte's cross from left flank, goes over keeper Sujan and finds the net.
46':2nd half resumes.
HALF TIME India leading 1-0 against Sri Lanka at half time.
45': 2 minutes of added time.
42':Another wasted free kick of India, ball went too wide.
35':GOALLLLLLLLLLL Ashique scored for India. Good move of India from centre, good pass to Ashique and his left footed shot finds the net.
30':Game goes on with a very slow pace, where India have more shots so far but score remains still goalless.
26': India's corner, cleared in defence.
25': Foul against Anirudh Thapa, free kick to India .
24':Score remains still goalless.
18': Sri Lanka's free kick, went wide.
17':Yellow Card to Sarthak Golui, free kick to Sri Lanka.
13': Brilliant chance to Chhangte, but his shot went wide.
11': Bad tackle against Anirudh, free kick to India.
8':India's corner, cleared in defence.