Posted on: 2021-10-13 21:00:24
Maldives’s title defense ended with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of India in the final group game of the SAFF Championship 2021 at the National Football Stadium in Male, Maldives, on Wednesday evening.
Maldives had prepared well for the tournament. They played two friendlies in Qatar, where they won 4-2 against Lusail FC and drew 1-1 with Army National Team. After the two matches, coach Ali Suzain pruned the final squad to 24 members from the initial 29. The five players who failed to make the cut are: Ali Shamis, Ahmed Abdulla, Moosa Yameen, midfielder Asfad Habeeb and forward Hassan Nazeem.
The Red Snappers had defeated India 2-1 in the final of the previous edition of the SAFF Cup in 2018.
MALDIVES NATIONAL TEAM SQUAD FOR SAFF CHAMPIONSHIP
Hussain Sifau Yoosuf
Akram Abdul Ghanee,
Ibrahim Waheed Hassan.
Hassan Raaif Ahmed
Ibrahim Mahdhy Hussain
SAFF CHAMPIONSHIP 2021: MALDIVES NATIONAL TEAM FIXTURES DATE TIME FIXTURE STADIUM RESULT October 1 9:30 PM Nepal vs Maldives National Football Stadium 0-1 October 7 9:30 PM Maldives vs Bangladesh National Football Stadium 2-0 October 10 4:30 PM Maldives vs Sri Lanka National Football Stadium 1-0 October 13 9:30 PM India vs Maldives National Football Stadium 3-1
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