Discovery Communicationsâ€™ premium sports TV channel DSport will be the official broadcast partner for the SAFF Championship 2018 that will kick off from September 4 in Bangladesh. The championship is a major competition of menâ€™s football in the South Asian region, governed by the South Asian Football Federation. Seven teams will compete in the 12th edition of the tournament for the coveted title of â€˜South Asian Championsâ€™.
The draw for the tournament is as follows:
|Group A||Group B|
This year team India will fight to retain its position as the reigning champions. India will be up against Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The seven-time SAFF Champions India has been pooled with arch rivals Maldives and Sri Lanka for the group stage of the competition. Indian Captain Sunil Chhetri is in very good form, and with the recent series of wins for team India, this contest will be a treat for the Indian football fans.
Previously known as â€˜South Asian Association of Regional Co-operation Gold Cupâ€™ held in 1993 and â€˜South Asian Gold Cup 95â€™ in 1995, the tournament was renamed as the â€˜South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championshipâ€™ in 1997. India won the inaugural SAARC Gold Cup in 1993 and also the SAFF Championship in 1997.