India won the title of SAFF Championship 2023

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South Asian Football Federation  Championship (SAF) 2023

India won the final of the South Asian Football Federation Championship 2023.

An Overview of the News

  • The Indian men's football team beat Kuwait 5-4 in a thrilling penalty shootout.

  • The win secured India's 9th title in the SAFF Championship out of 14 editions.

  • The final took place at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore.

  • At that time India's FIFA ranking was 100th.

  • This victory follows their previous victory in the Intercontinental Cup.

India's journey in SAFF Championship 2023

  • India served as the host of the tournament.

  • India remained undefeated throughout the championship.

  • Group Stage Performance:

    • Defeated Pakistan and Nepal.

    • Draw against Kuwait.

  • Semifinals:

    • Defeated Lebanon in the penalty shootout.

  • Final:

    • Defeated Kuwait in a thrilling penalty shootout.

SAFF Championship 2023 Prize Winners:

  • Fairplay Award: Nepal Football Team

  • Best Goalkeeper: Anisur Rahman Zico

  • Top goal scorer: Sunil Chhetri (6 goals)

  • Most Valuable Player (MVP) Sunil Chhetri

  • Runner-up: Kuwait football team

About SAFF (South Asian Football Federation Championship)

  • The SAFF Football Championship is a biennial international football tournament in South Asia.

  • It aims to promote and develop football in the region.

  • The inaugural edition took place in 1993 in Lahore, Pakistan.

  • India became the champion by defeating Pakistan in the final.

  • This tournament is held every two years.

  • Participating countries include Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

  • Its primary objective is to enhance the development of football in South Asia.

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