Dhaka, BANGLADESH - Unlike other editions of SAFF Suzuki Cup, Maldives qualified to the semi final of the tournament after a coin toss when Both Maldives and Sri Lanka were tied in Group B in terms of points and goal difference.
Nepal have failed to beat the Maldives in six previous attempts in the history of this tournament losing four, drawing two and conceding in each of those six games.
Nepal vs Maldives
Venue: Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka
Capacity: 36,000 spectators
Kick-off: 16:00 (15:00 Hrs Maldives time)
Nepal is in a good shape after defeating the tournament hosts, Bangladesh by 2-0 and advance to the semi final as the winners of Group A. Nepal score seven goals and conceded just two goals in three games while the Maldives failed to score a single goal in two matches and conceded two goals against India.
Maldives coach Petar Segrt said that skipper Akram Abdul Ghani is having some injuries and that's he didn't present at the pre match press conference but we are unaware of the seriousness of his injury.
Maldives coach Peter Sergt said that Nepal is a very strong team and they have good players.
"Nepal is a very strong team with good players. Their characters are good. We respect them. We will try to win the match, may be in 90 minutes, 120 or on penalties."
On the other hand his counterpart, Maharjan confidently said that they will create history tomorrow.
"I am confident that boys will deliver more in the semifinal match. The team looks motivated. Even my substitute players are in good shape. I have so many options with the players that's why I am confident about making history tomorrow."
Nepal were beaten by Maldives in Nehru Cup 2011 but Gorkhalis defeated them in 2016 Bangabandhu gold cup and in 12th SA Games.
HEAD TO HEAD
18 Sep 1984 Nepal 4-0 Maldives South Asian Federation Games
30 Sep 1984 Nepal 4-0 Maldives South Asian Federation Games
20 Oct 1989 Nepal 0-0 Maldives. South Asian Federation Games
24 Dec 1991 Maldives 1-0 Nepal. South Asian Federation Games
19 Dec 1995 Nepal 1-0 Maldives International Friendly
20 Oct 1998 Maldives 0-0 Nepal South Asian Nations Cup
27 Apr 1999 Maldives 3-2 Nepal. SAFF Championship
01 May 1999 Maldives 2-0 Nepal SAFF Championship
02 Oct 1999 Nepal 2-1 Maldives South Asian Federation Games
15 Jan 2003 Nepal 2-3 Maldives SAFF Championship
05 Jun 2008 Maldives 4-1 Nepal SAFF Championship
05 Dec 2009 Maldives 1-1 Nepal SAFF Championship
02 Dec 2011 Maldives 1-1 Nepal SAFF Championship
10 Mar 2012 Maldives 1-0 Nepal AFC Challenge Cup
23 Aug 2012 Maldives 2-1 Nepal International Friendly
Nepal and Maldives faced each other 15 times and Maldives are on the better side after winning seven times and lost to Nepal in four occasions.