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SAFF Championship 2023, Participating Team, Title & Prize

SAFF Championship 2023

The SAFF Championship 2023, the most prominent international football competition in South Asia, was run by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and took place in Bengaluru from June 21 to July 3. India is hosting the event for the fourth time and for the first time since the Thiruvananthapuram edition in 2015. Here in this article we provide all the detailed update and winner detail and other information SAFF Championship 2023.

SAFF Football Championship

The national teams of South Asian nations compete in the biannual international football competition known as the SAFF Football Championship, commonly known as the South Asian Football Federation Championship. The region’s football is to be promoted and developed through the competition. Here is a synopsis of SAFF Football Championship history:

1993: The SAFF Championship’s debut competition was held in Lahore, Pakistan. India won the match by defeating Pakistan in the championship game.

SAFF Championship 2023 Participating Team

The 14th edition of the competition was divided into two groups and included all South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) member associations. In the group stage, teams competed in round-robin league matches, with the top two teams from each group moving on to the semifinals. The draw date will be revealed later.

Indian National Football Team

The All India Football Federation, which oversees the India national football team, and FIFA, the world governing body of football, are both responsible for India’s representation in international competition.

Indian Football Team Players Name List 2023

The following 26 players were named in the squad for the Hero Intercontinental Cup and SAFF Championship. Caps and goals are correct as of 18 June 2023, after the match against Lebanon.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
GK Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (Vice Captain) 03-02-1992 (31) 59 0  Bengaluru
GK Gurmeet Singh 03-12-1999 (23) 0 0  Hyderabad
GK Amrinder Singh 27-05-1993 (30) 10 0  Odisha
DF Rahul Bheke 06-12-1990 (32) 21 1  Mumbai City
DF Subhasish Bose 18-08-1995 (27) 31 0  Mohun Bagan SG
DF Anwar Ali 28-08-2000 (22) 12 1  Mohun Bagan SG
DF Sandesh Jhingan 21-07-1993 (29) 52 5  FC Goa
DF Akash Mishra 27-11-2001 (21) 16 0  Mumbai City
DF Pritam Kotal 08-09-1993 (29) 49 0  Kerala Blasters
DF Mehtab Singh 05-05-1998 (25) 4 0  Mumbai City
MF Anirudh Thapa 15-01-1998 (25) 44 4  Chennaiyin
MF Lalengmawia Ralte 17-10-2000 (22) 11 0  Mumbai City
MF Sahal Abdul Samad 01-04-1997 (26) 25 3  Kerala Blasters
MF Rowllin Borges 05-06-1992 (31) 35 2  FC Goa
MF Udanta Singh 14-06-1996 (27) 41 1  FC Goa
MF Nandhakumar Sekar 20-12-1995 (27) 2 0  East Bengal
MF Rohit Kumar 01-04-1997 (26) 4 0  Bengaluru
MF Nikhil Poojary 03-09-1995 (27) 11 1  Hyderabad
MF Ashique Kuruniyan 18-06-1997 (26) 29 2  Mohun Bagan SG
MF Jeakson Singh 21-06-2001 (21) 12 0  Kerala Blasters
MF Naorem Mahesh Singh 01-03-1999 (24) 6 0  East Bengal
FW Sunil Chhetri (Captain) 03-08-1984 (38) 137 87  Bengaluru
FW Liston Colaco 12-11-1998 (24) 15 0  Mohun Bagan SG
FW Lallianzuala Chhangte 08-06-1997 (26) 23 6  Mumbai City
FW Rahim Ali 21-04-2000 (23) 10 0  Chennaiyin

SAFF Championship 2023 Highlights

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, the custodian, once again proved to be the deciding factor as he turned away a critical penalty kick in the summit match to help India defeat Kuwait 5-4 in the shootout and win the SAFF Championships title for the seventh time here on Tuesday. A sudden death rule was used since the score remained 4-4 after five rounds of penalty kicks. Despite the wild jubilation of the home crowd and the India dugout after Mahesh Naorem’s goal, a diving Sandhu stopped Kuwait captain Khaled Hajiah’s shot. Earlier, Lallianzuala Chhangte tied the score in the 39th minute after Shabaib Al Khaldi gave Kuwait the lead in the 14th minute.

SAFF Championship 2023 Title

In a nail-biting penalty shootout versus Kuwait, the Indian men’s football team prevailed 5-4 to win the championship of the SAFF Championship for 2023 at Bengaluru’s Sree Kanteerava Stadium. India, who is now ranked 100th in the FIFA rankings, won their seventh SAFF Championship in 14 edition. After winning the Intercontinental Cup the previous month, they achieved their second victory in a row with this one.

The hosts, India, were unbeaten throughout the whole SAFF Championship 2023. In the group stage, they won against Pakistan and Nepal and drew with Kuwait. They defeated Lebanon on penalties in the semifinals, and then they accomplished the same feat against Kuwait in a thrilling championship game.

SAFF Championship 2023 Prize

The team also received a monetary prize of USD 50,000, or INR 41 lakh, in addition to the medals.  The Kuwaiti football team won the prize for placing second in the 2023 SAFF Championship. Along with medals for each player, the squad earned a cheque for US Dollar 25,000, which is equivalent to around 20 lakh and 50 lakhs in Indian rupees.

SAFF Championship 2023: India’s Past Record

India is the most successful team in SAFF Championship history, having won the competition eight times out of the previous 12 editions. The Indian national football team, who won the 2021 competition after defeating Nepal in the championship game, will be attempting to retain their title.

All India Football Federation

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, is responsible for overseeing the All India Football Federation (AIFF), which is the national football regulating body. The Asian Football Confederation, which governs football in Asia, was created in 1935 and was one of its founding members. It was founded in Darbhanga. Along with overseeing the women’s squad and numerous youth national teams, the federation is also in charge of administering the India national football team. The federation’s present headquarters are in Delhi.

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SAFF Championship 2023 FAQs

Who is the champion of SAFF 2023?

The Indian men's football team emerged victorious in a thrilling penalty shootout against Kuwait 5-4 in a thrilling penalty shootout, securing the SAFF Championship 2023 title.

Who won most SAFF Championship?

India has won SAFF Championship 2023 for 9 times.

Which country won most SAFF Championship?

India wins its ninth SAFF Championship title, extending its record in the tournament.

Where is saff championship 2023 held?

The event was held at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore, India from 21 June to 4 July 2023. India, the defending champions, won their ninth championship by defeating Kuwait in the final.

Who won the saff?

India wins SAFF Championship with penalty shootout win over Kuwait.

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