SAFF Championship to start from Aug 31
The 8th SAFF Football Championship opening had been rescheduled for August 31, one day earlier than the previously announced date, according to All Nepal Football Association (ANFA). The tournament will run until September 11.
As per the new schedule, there will be only one game in the inaugural match with Nepal taking on Bangladesh. In the earlier fixture, two matches were fixed – India vs Pakistan in the inaugural match.
Now India will take on Pakistan on September 1 as per the revised fixture.
According to the official draw unveiled on July 30, Nepal have been drawn alongside defending champion India, Bangladesh and Pakistan in Group A while Afghanistan, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Bhutan are drawn in Group B.
The winner of the championship will bag US$50,000 while the second runner-up will receive US$25,000. Similarly, the third and the fourth team will get US$10,000 each.
Previously, Nepal had hosted the competition in 1997. nepalnews.com