2010 AFC Challenge Cup

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2010 AFC Challenge Cup
File:2010 AFC Challenge Cup logo.svg
Tournament details
Host countrySri Lanka
Dates16–27 February
Venue(s)2 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions North Korea (1st title)
Runners-up Turkmenistan
Third place Tajikistan
Fourth place Myanmar
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored44 (2.75 per match)
Attendance12,550 (784 per match)
Top scorer(s)North Korea Ryang Yong-gi
(4 goals)
Best player(s)North Korea Ryang Yong-gi

The 2010 AFC Challenge Cup was the third edition of the tournament which was held from 16–27 February 2010 in Sri Lanka.[1] India, the defending champions, fielded their under-23 team for this tournament in preparation for the 2010 Asian Games later that year.[2][3][note 1] The champions, North Korea, qualified for the 2011 Asian Cup.


The finals saw three automatic qualifiers joined by five teams from the qualification phase. Qualification consisted of two sections.

  • A playoff between the 19th and 20th ranked entrants (Mongolia and Macau)
  • Four qualification groups for four teams. Each group winner advanced to the finals, along with the best-ranked runner-up. Because of the withdrawal of Afghanistan the ranking of second-placed teams was excluded results of any matches against fourth-placed sides.[4]


Qualifiers for the final tournament were:

The draw for the final tournament was held on 30 November 2009 at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka.[5]


Sugathadasa Stadium CR & FC Grounds
Capacity: 25,000 Capacity: 5,550
Sugatadasa Stadium.jpg

Match officials[edit]

The following referees were chosen for the 2010 AFC Challenge Cup.[6]

Referees Assistant Referees

Bahrain Nawaf Abdulla
China Tan Hai
Iran Alireza Faghani
Japan Hajime Matsuo
Lebanon Andre El Haddad
Thailand Chaiya Mahapab
Yemen Mukhtar Al Yarimi

Bahrain Ebrahim Mubarak
China Huo Weiming
India Shaji Kurian
Iran Morteza Karimi
Japan Toshiyuki Nagi
Lebanon Ahmad El Kawas
Malaysia Mohd Sabri Mat Daud
Oman Hamed Al Mayahi
Yemen Hussein Shukran


Group stage[edit]

All times are Sri Lanka Time (SLT) – UTC+5:30

Key to colours in group tables
Top two placed teams advance to the semi-finals

Tie-breaking criteria[edit]

Where two or more teams end the group stage with the same number of points, their ranking is determined by the following criteria:

  1. points earned in the matches between the teams concerned;
  2. goal difference in the matches between the teams concerned;
  3. number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. goal difference in all group matches;
  5. number of goals scored in all group matches;
  6. kicks from the penalty mark (if only two teams are level and they are both on the field of play);
  7. fewer yellow and red cards received in the group matches;
  8. drawing of lots by the organising committee.

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Tajikistan 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4 6
 Myanmar 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 6
 Sri Lanka 3 1 0 2 4 7 −3 3
 Bangladesh 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3 3
Source: RSSSF
Tajikistan 1–2 Bangladesh
Rabiev Goal 70' Report E. Haque Goal 67'
Meshu Goal 74'
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Hajime Matsuo (Japan)
Myanmar 4–0 Sri Lanka
Kyaw Thiha Goal 39'
Yan Paing Goal 71'
Pai Soe Goal 81'
Myo Min Tun Goal 87'
Attendance: 3,000

Sri Lanka 1–3 Tajikistan
Dalpethado Goal 78' Report Rabimov Goal 13'
Fatkhuloev Goal 32'90+2'
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Tan Hai (China PR)
Bangladesh 1–2 Myanmar
Hossain Goal 49' Report Tun Tun Win Goal 16'
Pai Soe Goal 32'
Attendance: 500
Referee: Mukhtar Al Yarimi (Yemen)

Tajikistan 3–0 Myanmar
Rabimov Goal 33'
Hakimov Goal 52'
Rabiev Goal 88'
Sri Lanka 3–0 Bangladesh
Kaiz Goal 7'
Gunarathna Goal 43'
Sanjeev Goal 79'

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 North Korea 3 2 1 0 8 1 +7 7
 Turkmenistan 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2 7
 Kyrgyzstan 3 1 0 2 2 6 −4 3
 India U23 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
Source: RSSSF
India U23 1–2 Kyrgyzstan
Franco Goal 58' (pen.) Report I. Amirov Goal 15'
Zemlianuhin Goal 32'
North Korea 1–1 Turkmenistan
Ryang Yong-gi Goal 51' Report Garadanow Goal 36'

Kyrgyzstan 0–4 North Korea
Report Pak Song-chol Goal 29'
Pak Kwang-ryong Goal 47'
Choe Myong-ho Goal 65'
Ri Chol-myong Goal 68'
Turkmenistan 1–0 India U23
Garadanow Goal 24' (pen.) Report

India U23 0–3 North Korea
Report Ryang Yong-gi Goal 36'72'
Choe Chol-man Goal 57'
Attendance: 300
Referee: Tan Hai (China PR)
Turkmenistan 1–0 Kyrgyzstan
Nurmyradow Goal 70' Report

Knockout stage[edit]

24 February - Colombo
27 February - Colombo
 Turkmenistan (pen.)1 (4)
24 February - Colombo
 North Korea1 (5)
 North Korea5
Third place
27 February - Colombo


Tajikistan 0–2 Turkmenistan
Report Amanow Goal 33'
Urazow Goal 42'

North Korea 5–0 Myanmar
Choe Myong-ho Goal 6'
Choe Chol-man Goal 12'73'
Pak Song-chol Goal 13'
Kim Seong-yong Goal 85'
Attendance: 400
Referee: Mukhtar Al Yarimi (Yemen)

Third place match[edit]

Tajikistan 1–0 Myanmar
Hakimov Goal 11' Report



 2010 AFC Challenge Cup Champions 
First title


Fair Play Award Golden Shoe Most Valuable Player
 North Korea North Korea Ryang Yong-gi North Korea Ryang Yong-gi


4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal


  1. All matches involving India will not count as full international matches as they fielded their under-23 team in this tournament.


  1. "Sri Lanka to host 2010 AFC Challenge Cup". the-afc.com. Archived from the original on 23 January 2019. Retrieved 2 October 2009.
  2. "India names 22-member squad for AFC Challenge Cup". the-aiff.com. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2010.
  3. "AFC Challenge Cup test for Indian young guns". the-afc.com. Archived from the original on 23 January 2019. Retrieved 20 February 2010.
  4. "Regulations – 2010 AFC Challenge Cup (Qualifiers)" (PDF). the-afc.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 August 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2009.
  5. "Draw – 2010 AFC Challenge Cup". the-afc.com. Retrieved 30 November 2009.[permanent dead link]
  6. "Referees – 2010 AFC Challenge Cup". the-afc.com. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2010.

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