12 April 2009

Why was attendance at Prime Minister's Cup higher than at AFC Challenge Cup?

While respectable crowds showed up for the AFC Challenge Cup - a very meaningful continental level tournament that featured full national teams and counts in the FIFA Rankings, it was less than the crowds at the PM Cup, a mickey-mouse tournament filled with "B" National Teams and lesser known clubs.

So why was attendance at Prime Minister's Cup higher than at AFC Challenge Cup?


A) Maoists are better organizers than AFC

B) PM Cup was knockout tournament with finals, while Challenge Cup was group league only

C) Fans had no money left after PM Cup

D) Nepali public do not understand the difference between the tournaments

E) All of the above

F) None of the above

4 comments:

  1. If I had to pick one of the options, I would have to go with (A).

    Personally, I think there was more hype for the PM Cup created by the general media as well as the politicians. I'm not living in Nepal but I would think the PM Cup were advertised quite a bit compared to the AFC Cup. Besides that, they had also indicated they would provide proper monetary rewards. The other thing is, Nepal's national team hasn't performed well and ANFA needs to try and promote nationalistic views among Nepalese. Nepal is much better in the club level.

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  2. Yes I agree with crayt21 for the point it mentioned. I would say in nepal people still like knockout tournaments than league. I'd so many bitter experiences that when I go to watch any of the league matches , people still saying there's gonna be extra time and tie breaker while match end draw. Other thing is Media as well it really play big role to make any of the tournament success. More brief as follows:

    A) Maoists are better organizers than AFC
    >> I am not agree with it.Even ANFA is announcing PM Cup was recognized by AFC then why there's no any single news about this tournament

    B) PM Cup was knockout tournament with finals, while Challenge Cup was group league only
    >>> thats what I've explain about Nepalese spectators are still like knockout tournaments.


    C) Fans had no money left after PM Cup
    >>> may be or may be not but some fans.....


    D) Nepali public do not understand the difference between the tournaments
    >>> exactly.

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  3. 'D' is absolutely correct. And the debate about about knock-out and league is also kind of correct but not 100 percent. Just a flashback, the last Martyr's Memorial League was a huge success in terms of pulling crowd at the Statium. But my feeling is that the crowd wants Nepal to win when they visit the Stadium and given the opponents Phelistine and Kyrgyzstan, lots of them thought that its beyond Nepal's reach to defeat them. Generally our crowd loves team Nepal to win and they also know that against team from Bhutan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan there is chance. If national teams of these country were supposed to participate, I am 101 percent sure that there would have been a massive crowd.
    I doubt the debate of organizers also.

    Puru

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