AFC Challenge Cup count down kicks off in Maldives

AFC cup kick off

Maldives.net.mv – The celebrations for hosting the AFC Challenge Cup 2014 in Maldives has officially kicked off with a motocycle/car ride at Raalhugandu on Saturday, 19th April. The official countdown event continued with a Music show performed by several local music bands and bodu beru. The theme song of AFC Challenge Cup was also launched during the event.

The countdown of this exciting event will continue till the official ceremony of the tournament, on 19th May 2014.

The AFC Challenge Cup is an international football competition for Asian Football Confederation (AFC) member countries created by former AFC President, Mohammed Bin Hammam. The AFC Challenge Cup, which focuses on Asia, was created for teams to experience playing in a continental competition with the prospect of winning an AFC trophy and the potential of discovering new
talents.

The inaugural tournament was hosted in 2006 by Bangladesh and is held every two years. An amendment to men’s national team competitions in July 2006, meant that starting with the 2008 and 2010 editions of the AFC Challenge Cup, the winners automatically qualify for the AFC Asian Cup.

The AFC Challenge Cup draw Ceremony was held on 12th February 2014, at Paradise Island Resort & Spa. The first match of the challenge will be held at the National Stadium on the 19th May 2014 between Maldives and Myanmar, and the third match will be hosted at the Addu Zone Stadium between Turkmenistan and Laos.

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