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Nepal Dumped as AFC Cup Host
Decision due to current unrest in Nepal, says Asian Football Confederation
Pawan Acharya (sujukiran)     Email Article  Print Article 
Published 2006-02-23 10:55 (KST)   
Nepal has been dumped as the host of the upcoming AFC Challenge Cup, a football tournament scheduled for later this year. The news came just a few hours before of the most awaited A division league match between the Manang Marsyangdi club and defending champion Three Star club.

A meeting of the AFC Challenge Cup and AFC President's Cup Organizing Committee earlier today at AFC House in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur decided that Bangladesh would be the sole host of the inaugural edition of the tournament, due to the current unrest in Nepal.

The dates of the competition were also altered from March 25-April 7, 2006, to April 1-April 16, 2006. The AFC has said that due to Independence Day activities that will be carried out in Bangladesh on March 26, the schedule has been changed.

The AFC Challenge Cup, which provides an international competition platform for sixteen teams from the emerging and developing countries, will be played in two venues, Dhaka and Chittagong.

In Nov. 2005, the AFC decided that Nepal and Bangladesh will co-host the tournament, which has been divided into four groups.

Group A comprises India, Chinese Taipei, the Philippines and Afghanistan, while Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Brunei are in Group B. Bangladesh is alongside Palestine, Cambodia and Guam in Group C, while Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan have been drawn in Group D with Pakistan and Macau.
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