India, who are the host of the AFC Challenge Cup 2008, will play Tajikistan in the Final! The tournament was being held in and around Hyderabad. But due to the hectic schedule of the tournament and an dearth in quality grounds in Hyderabad and also due to heavy rain during this time of the year, the condition of the pitch didnot satisfy the AFC officials.
The AFC President’s Cup and Challenge Cup Organising Committee inspected the Gachibowli Stadium on Saturday and found the pitch unplayable after incessant rains deteriorated the ground surface.
AFC will conduct an inspection of New Delhi’s Ambedkar Stadium on Sunday before announcing a fresh date and venue for both the matches. Both these matches would be played on August 13, if AFC finds the Ambedkar Stadium suitable to host the games. Hosts India will take on defending champions Tajikistan in the final while DPR Korea will face Myanmar in the third-place playoff.
A team of AFC officials will visit Delhi tomorrow to inspect ground conditions there and confirm the venue