2008 AFC Challenge Cup

2008 AFC Challenge Cup

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2008 AFC Challenge Cup

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The 2008 AFC Challenge Cup football tournament was won by India. The tournament, which was also hosted by India, was played from July 30 to August 13, 2008 . India was also the winner of the fair play award and the India captain Baichung Bhutia won the most valuable player award.

Chinese Taipei was originally designated the host, but could not guarantee it would meet the AFC's standards for hosting the tournament. The winners of the 2008 and 2010 competitions will qualify directly for the 2011 Asian Cup. This competition is exclusive to members of the emerging nations class of the AFC. However, in the previous edition, Bangladesh and India were invited from the developing nations class - Bangladesh actually hosting the tournament, and India sending their under-20 team. India and Bangladesh have again been invited for the 2008 edition of the tournament, along with Korea DPR and Laos, who are also a part of the developing nations class.

Laos withdrew from the competition on 2 May 2008.

Due to the poor conditions of the pitch at Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, the AFC moved the majority of the matches to another venue. It was decided that ten matches would played at the Gachibowli Athletic Stadium, and two at the LBS...
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