SAFF Championships Group Stage
Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal
Afghanistan v. Bhutan
Bhutan start their SAFF Championships campaign with probably their hardest group match against Afghanistan. This will be the fifth meeting between the two sides with Bhutan looking to record just their second victory.
Their only victory to date came in the first meeting between the two sides in the 2008 SAFF Championships where a 3-1 win in the group stages in Colombo, Sir Lanka, helped Bhutan qualify for the semi-finals that year – their best SAFF performance to date. Goals from Yeshey Dorji and two from Yeshey Gyeltshen proved decisive that day.
Since then, it’s been three straight wins for the Afghan’s, most recently in the 2011 SAFF Championships with a stonking 8-1 win. It would seem that Afghanistan have got their game together and have improved leaving Bhutan behind, but we shall see.
|8thJune 2008||SAFF Championships Group Stage||Colombo, Sri Lanka||Afghanistan 1-3 Bhutan|
|23rdMarch 2011||AFC Challenge Cup Pre-Qualifier||Gurgaon, India||Bhutan 0-3 Afghanistan|
|25thMarch 2011||AFC Challenge Cup Pre-Qualifier||Gurgaon, India||Afghanistan 2-0 Bhutan|
|7thDecember 2011||SAFF Championships Group Stage||New Delhi, India||Bhutan 1-8 Afghanistan|
And a nice little youtube clip to end on. Here are some Afghan fans celebrating their AFC Challenge Cup win in 2011…