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South Asian Football Federation Gold Cup 2003

2003 South Asian Football Federation Gold Cup
Tournament details
Host country Bangladesh
Dates 10 January – 20 January
Venue(s)  (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Bangladesh (1st title)
Runners-up Maldives
Third place India
Fourth place Pakistan
Tournament statistics
Matches played 16
Goals scored 39 (2.44 per match)
Top scorer(s) Sarfraz Rasool (4 goals)

The 2003 South Asian Football Federation Gold Cup was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh between 10 January 2003 and 20 January 2003. All matches were played at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. Originally scheduled to be held between 26 January 2002 and 5 February 2002, the tournament was postponed due to the suspension of Bangladesh Football Federation by FIFA. Afghanistan were not in the draw, but were included in the tournament following the recommendation from AFC to do so. It was also Bhutan's first tournament.

The final was contested by Bangladesh and the Maldives. Ali Umar had levelled in the second half after Kanchan had given Bangladesh the lead. The match went to penalties and Asraf Lufty had missed from the spot for the Maldives. Mohmmed Sujon kept his nerve to score the final penalty giving Bangladesh a 5-3 victory, and with it, their first SAFF Cup championship. Pakistan's Safraz Rasool was top goal scorer.

Group stage

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Pakistan 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 9
India 3 1 1 1 5 2 +3 4
Sri Lanka 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
Afghanistan 3 0 0 3 0 6 −6 0
2003-01-10
0 – 1 Pakistan
 50'

2003-01-10
1 – 0 Afghanistan
 41'

2003-01-12
2 – 1 Sri Lanka
 50'
 86'
 89'

2003-01-12
4 – 0 Afghanistan
 63'
 86'

2003-01-14
1 – 0 Afghanistan
 9'

2003-01-14
1 – 1 Sri Lanka
 88'  90'

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Bangladesh 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 9
Maldives 3 2 0 1 9 3 +6 6
Nepal 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
Bhutan 3 0 0 3 0 11 −11 0
2003-01-11
6 – 0 Bhutan
 2'
 11'
 67'
 77'

2003-01-11
1 – 0 Nepal
 30'
Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Chaiwat (Thailand)

2003-01-13
2 – 0 Bhutan
 14'
 87'
Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Raj (India)

2003-01-13
1 – 0 Maldives
 90'
Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: AD Silva (Sri Lanka)

2003-01-15
2 – 3 Maldives
 56'
pen.)
 63'
 75'
 85'
Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Chaiwat (Thailand)

2003-01-15
3 – 0 Bhutan
 54'
 78'
Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Raj (India)

Knockout phase

Semi-finals

2003-01-18
2 – 1 (a.s.d.e.t.) India
 77'
 98'
 81'

2003-01-18
1 – 0 Pakistan
 12'

Third Place Match

2003-01-20
2 – 1 (a.s.d.e.t.) Pakistan
 56'
 99'
 66'

Final

2003-01-20
1 – 1 (a.e.t.) Maldives
 13'  57'
  Penalties  
Islam



5 – 3 Naaz
Lutfy
Gill
Fazeel
Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka
Attendance: 46,000
Referee: AD Silva (Sri Lanka)

Champion

 2003 South Asian Football Federation Gold Cup Winners 

Bangladesh
First title

Goalscorers

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

External links

  • RSSSF Page on the South Asian Federation Cup
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