Dhaka, BANGLADESH - Winners of 2008 SAFF Suzuki Cup, Maldives will kick of this year's campaign against Sri Lanka on Friday at the Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka.
Sri Lanka lost their opening game against defending champions, India by 2-0 and they played a very defensive match against the regional heavy weights. However, things will be different against the Maldives.
MALDIVES v SRI LANKA
Venue: Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka
Kick-off time: 1800 Hrs
Sri Lanka will face against the Maldives in a must win game to stay in the tournament. Head coach Pakir Ali has said that they can get a good result against the Maldives after correcting the mistakes they made against India in their opening game.
Maldives national team coach Petar Segrt said Sri Lanka is a strong side and they made a good result against Lithuania and Bangladesh recently. So, we must be careful and respectful to them. But we are not afraid of no body.
Segrt also highlighted about the importance of getting the match venue at least once for a training but said that according to the schedule of the tournament it's not possible to do so and he respect that.
Maldives - W W W
Sri Lanka - L L W
Maldives and Sri Lanka met 18 time in all competitions including the friendlies. Maldives won against Sri Lanka on 7 occasions and lost just three times. They were leveled 8 times.
13 Oct 1984 Sri Lanka 5 - 2 Maldives International Friendly
26 Dec 1991 Sri Lanka 0 - 1 Maldives South Asian Federation Games
22 Dec 1993 Sri Lanka 0 - 0 Maldives Dhaka, Bangladesh
10 Sep 1997 Maldives 2 - 1 Sri Lanka SAFF Championship
16 Oct 1998 Maldives 0 - 0 Sri Lanka South Asian Nations Cup
15 Nov 1998 Sri Lanka 2 - 2 Maldives International Friendly
23 Apr 1999 Sri Lanka 0 - 0 Maldives SAFF Championship
24 Sep 1999 Sri Lanka 0 - 4 Maldives South Asian Federation Games
01 May 2000 Maldives 1 - 1 Sri Lanka Golden Jubilee Tournament
10 May 2000 Maldives 1 - 1 Sri Lanka Golden Jubilee Tournament
04 Apr 2002 Sri Lanka 1 - 0 Maldives International Friendly
06 Apr 2002 Sri Lanka 1 - 1 Maldives International Friendly
18 Dec 2004 Maldives 0 - 0 Sri Lanka International Friendly
09 Dec 2005 Sri Lanka 0 - 2 Maldives SAFF Championship
11 Jun 2008 Sri Lanka 0 - 1 Maldives SAFF Championship
28 Mar 2009 Sri Lanka 1 - 1 Maldives International Friendly
11 Dec 2009 Maldives 5 - 1 Sri Lanka SAFF Championship
02 Sep 2013 Maldives 10 - 0 Sri Lanka SAFF Championship