SAFF Championship 2021: Maldives squad list, fixtures and results

Bassam Adeel Jaleel

Maldives's title defense ended with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of India in the final group game of the SAFF Championship 2021 at the National Football Stadium in Male, Maldives, on Wednesday evening. 

Maldives had prepared well for the tournament. They played two friendlies in Qatar, where they won 4-2 against Lusail FC and drew 1-1 with Army National Team. After the two matches, coach Ali Suzain pruned the final squad to 24 members from the initial 29. The five players who failed to make the cut are: Ali Shamis, Ahmed Abdulla, Moosa Yameen, midfielder Asfad Habeeb and forward Hassan Nazeem.

The Red Snappers had defeated India 2-1 in the final of the previous edition of the SAFF Cup in 2018.  

MALDIVES NATIONAL TEAM SQUAD FOR SAFF CHAMPIONSHIP

Goalkeepers: 

Mohammed Faisal 

Mohamed Shafeeu

Ali Najih

Defenders: 

Ahmed Nooman

Hussain Sifau Yoosuf

Haisham Hassan

Akram Abdul Ghanee,

Samooh Ali

Gasim Sammaam

Midfielders: 

Ashad Ali

Ibrahim Aisam

Mohamed Umair

Hussain Nihan

Hamza Mohamed

Ismail Eesa

Ibrahim Waheed Hassan.

Forwards: 

Hassan Raaif Ahmed

Mohamed Naaim

Ibrahim Mahdhy Hussain

Assadhulla Abdulla

Ali Fasir

Ali Ashfaq

Naaiz Hassan

Ali Haisham

SAFF CHAMPIONSHIP 2021: MALDIVES NATIONAL TEAM FIXTURES

DATE TIME FIXTURE STADIUM RESULT
October 1 9:30 PM Nepal vs Maldives National Football Stadium 0-1
October 7 9:30 PM Maldives vs Bangladesh National Football Stadium 2-0
October 10 4:30 PM Maldives vs Sri Lanka National Football Stadium 1-0
October 13 9:30 PM India vs Maldives National Football Stadium 3-1