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AIFF bid runs into rough weather

New Delhi: India’s bid to host the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup has run into rough weather as the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) might award the tournament to either Maldives or Philippines.

According to sources, though India and Tajikistan have also submitted their bid to stage the meet, the AFC President’s Cup and Challenge Cup competitions committee have favoured Maldives and Philippines.

All India Football Federation (AIFF) general secretary Kushal Das, however, said the matter was not decided yet. “The final decision would only be taken in the competition committee meeting on November 28. However, we have received a letter from the general secretariat of the AFC, which is bit confusing,” said Das.

“The letter said stadiums in India did not need inspection as it was done recently. But, at the end of the letter, the assessment reports of only Maldives and Philippines were attached giving an impression that they are front-runners. We are writing to AFC to know the facts,” Das said.

In 2008, India hosted the AFC Challenge Cup and qualified for the 2011 Asian championship in Doha.