23 May 2011

AFC Challenge Cup - Maldives, Nepal and Palestine bidding to host Finals

Kuala Lumpur: AFC has requested the football associations of Maldives, Nepal, and Palestine to sign the Organising Association Agreement (OAA) and the List of Requirements (LOR) after the three expressed an interest to bid to host AFC Challenge Cup 2012 Finals.

The AFC Challenge Cup is AFC’s second-tier national team completion for the confederation’s developing Member Associations and is played on a bi-annual basis. Previous champions include Tajikistan (2006), India (2008) and DPR Korea (2010).

Palestine, The Philippines, India, Turkmenistan, Maldives, Tajikistan, DPR Korea and Nepal have qualified for the tournament proper.

The three bidders Maldives, Nepal and Palestine have never hosted the tournament before with Bangladesh (2006), India (2008) and Sri Lanka (2010) organising the competition’s three previous editions.

The host for the 2012 edition is likely to be decided by the AFC Organising Committee for President’s Cup and Challenge Cup during its meeting on June 14, 2011.

Source : afc.com


  1. Nepal looks the likeliest among the three.

  2. Yes, maybe also Maldives.

  3. But it seems like Maldives only has one stadium. Or at least one suitable stadium? There national stadium.

  4. Why didn't we bid? Rizal and Panaad have both been renovated. We should rulfill the criteria.

  5. LOL! People think its that simple to host a tournament. The PFF also needs the money, which they clearly lack.