New Delhi: India failed to qualify for the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup after they were pipped by Bangladesh and Turkmenistan for a spot in the continent's second tier tournament meant for emerging football nations.
India, the 2008 champions, had finished second behind Myanmar in Group A qualifying round of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup earlier this month and their fate had remained hanging on the results of other groups.
Wim Koevermans' men were edged out by Bangladesh and Turkmenistan on goal difference after all the three sides finished second in their respective groups.
Turkmenistan and Bangladesh had goal differences of plus nine and plus five respectively and they made it to the final round of 2014 AFC Challenge Cup in Maldives as two best second-placed teams.
India could only manage a goal difference of plus four. They had beaten Chinese Taipei and Guam but had lost 0-1 to hosts Myanmar at Yangon earlier this month.
The qualifying round of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup was divided into five groups and each group matches were played in a centralised venue. The five group toppers and two best second-place teams will join hosts Maldives in the final round next year.