Nov 15, 2016 - Nepal defeated Macau by 1-0 to win the inaugural AFC Solidarity Cup 2016 at Stadium Sarawak in Kuching, Malaysia on Tuesday.
Sujal Shrestha scored the winner for Nepal in the 29th minute utilizing cross from Bharat Khawas. Nepal looked the better of two teams but could not provide any result to their continuous attacking threats. Macau had some minor chances but disciplined defense from Nepal saw them through.
Coach Gyotoku Koji said that he was happy to lift the trophy. This was his first tournament after taking the charge of Nepal. “ I am very happy to be champion. Our players played well. But still I am not happy with their performance.”
“We have to work hard. We created many chances but had to settle for 1-0 score.”
“Today the team played well despite of bad pitch. Defense wise we played better as the match was too physical and maintained clean sheet.”
Sujal dedicated the winner to his mother and nephew (phupu). “I am right now out of the world. I want to dedicate my goal to mother and nephew.” “This is just the beginning. Now we have to keep our eye in Saff Championship.”
Captain Biraj Maharjan expressed his gladness over being able to give happiness to Nepali people and football fans. “I am really happy to clinch three titles in a row. This is very important for us and for Nepal and football fans back in home.”
Maharjan said that it is his good fortune to claim the treble under his captainship. “We should take this opportunity to take our football ahead.”
The team will return to Nepal via Malindo Airlines tomorrow. The team is expected to land @ TIA at 8:35 PM.