Nepal pip Friends of Japan

Nov 19, 2016 - Nepal defeated Friends of Japan by 1-0 in the Charity Match played to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic relation between Nepal and Japan in ANFA Complex on Saturday.

Nawayug Shrestha scored the only goal of the match in the 57th minute after he found the ball free inside the box resulted from goalkeeper's mistake. Japan had better chances to score but they could not get the goal to come back into the match. Japan had three of their numerous attempts hit the woodwork, while most of others were stopped by disciplined defending from Nepa. Nepal's top performer Bikram Lama was declared to be the man of the match.

After the match, Nepalese coach Gyotoku Koji said that this was a very good experience for the team. "The opponent had only two days of practice before they played us, and still they had a good game. They are used to playing in the natural surface so it was bit uneasy for them to get at their level best," said Koji. He also said that games like these will help to develop the squad better. "We survived 3 goals and scored one goal to win but performance wise, we were lagging behind. So, if we get such matches in regular interval, it will be fruitful for the team," he ended.

Japanese coach Toda Kazuyuki said that the result did not go their way but he was satisfied with the performance. "We were better of the two teams but they got the deciding goal. I must say the defense stopped us single handedly as we had lots of chances to score,” said Toda. He also said that Nepalese team is well on course with coach like Koji. “I watched Nepal’s previous game and this one too. Even though there is some room for improvements, I am sure with him [Mr. Koji] along, Nepal can do even better,” ended Toda.