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SAFF Championship 2013 Draw - LIVE
Follow the draw for South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship, as it happens in Kathmandu, Nepal, LIVE with Goal...

12:00 IST

30/07/13

That brings an end to the official draw ceremony of the SAFF Championship. Join us for detailed coverage on Goal!

11:55 IST

30/07/13

Salauddin: The club championship is one of my biggest dreams. in Europe, it is the most popular competition. But I have a problem. Everybody has time except India. India are not comfortable to find the time. 1) Sponsorship - that can b arranged 2) timing from India team There are my two problems. I will request indian fa president (Praful Patel) so that we can work around their schedule to arrange for the club championship to be held

11:55 IST

30/07/13

A question for Salauddin: What were you thinking of SAFF Club championship which wasto be held sometime this year?

11:40 IST

30/07/13

Lama: We are working with Nepal Football Association and the local government is keen to develop football. By one or two years, we will extend our activities to 60 districts. Lot of areas we dont have football grounds as we are a mountaineous country. We also have a national programme to groom a footballer in schools and colleges.  We are enhancing our infrastructure for now and that is our focus.

11:38 IST

30/07/13

Next on the mike was Mr. Lama . Question to him was: "What is the role of sports council in developing football"

11:32 IST

30/07/13

"With almost one and a half billion people. We should be able to build a wonderful football team. Just a question of putting our mind to it"- Salauddin concluded.

11:32 IST

30/07/13

Mr. Saluddin replies : "SouthAsia is the future of Asia. We have been sleeping for sometime It is time we start  .In the next 4 to 5 years, south asia would be a power. work on it and our governments put their mind to it.....

11:30 IST

30/07/13

"Growth of South Asian football"- was put to Mr. Salauddin

11:30 IST

30/07/13

Q&A session under way. 

11:28 IST

30/07/13

Q&A session under way. 

11:28 IST

30/07/13

The Official SAFF Championship ball has been revelead as the Nivea Ball.

11:28 IST

30/07/13

Group B:

Afghanistan
Maldives
Sri Lanka
Bhutan

11:28 IST

30/07/13

The groups now look as follows : Group A
India
Nepal
Bangladesh
Pakistan

11:26 IST

30/07/13

Bangladesh are now in A3

11:22 IST

30/07/13

The last SAFF Championship was won by India and Afghanistan were the runners up. So automatically India are designated in Group A in first position (A1) and Afghanistan in group B (B1)

11:22 IST

30/07/13

Sri Lanka in B3. Bhutan in A4. Pakistan in B4

11:22 IST

30/07/13

Positions of teams in draws now being decided. Nepal gets position by A2. B2 is automatically chosen- Maldives. Draw done by Mr. Lama.

11:22 IST

30/07/13

Harish Krishnamachar of WSG (World Sports Group) now on stage  to explain the process of the tournaments draw method's conduct the draw.

11:21 IST

30/07/13

"This is the most important competition in this region.We hope to conduct it successfully. Fans made sports council, Nepal government and the football association will host it successfully" -Strong words from Mr. Thapa.

11:21 IST

30/07/13

"South Asian Championship first took place in Nepal back in 1997 and has carried on a fantastic opportunity to host the tournament again"-Ganesh Thapa, President of the Nepalese FA.