Nepal punishes hapless Maldives

Dec 28, 2016 – Nepal registered an easy 9-0 win over Maldives in the second Group ‘A’ match of the 4th SAFF Women’s Championship 2016 in Kanchenjunga Stadium, Siligudi on Wedenesday.


In the match which saw Sabitra Bhandari scored five goals, Manjali Kr. Yonjan, Sapana Lama, Hira Kr. Bhujel and Nirmala BK also registered goal a-piece. Sabitra started off the scoring spree with a first half hattrick. Bhandari opened the scoring in the 12th minute and followed it up with strikes in 28th and 39th minute of the match. Sabitra continued her run of scoring with goals in the 50th and 63rd minute.

Manjali Kumari Yonjan (52nd), Sapana Lama )71st), Hira Kumari Bhujel (74th) and Nirmala BK (90+3rd) were the other scorers for Nepal.

Nepal stands at the top in the group standings with two wins out of two while Maldives are second in the table. Sri Lanka, who defeated Bhutan by 2-0 in the previous match of the day are third. Bhutan are rock bottom with two losses in a row.

Head Coach Kumar Thapa was happy with the win and said the team is not going to stop here. “We came with a target to win the tournament and we are paving our way to that. This 9-0 win is a convincing one but we are not going over the moon just yet. We have our feet on the ground and we know what we are yet to face.”, said Thapa.

“We have one more match with us and I have used all my players bar a goalie. So I know what my squad depth is and we need to make use of one extra match we have in comparison to our semi final opponent”, said Thapa.

Striker Sabitra Bhandari was happy to get her name on the scoresheet and said the team will work even harder for coming matches. “We came here for Gold and we have only that in our mind. The team is working their socks off and I am sure that will come with our progression.”, said Bhandari.

- Subas Humagain, Siligudi