Jan 2, 2017 - Nepal crashed out of the 4th SAFF Women's Championship 2016 after losing out 3-1 to hosts India in the semifinal tie played at the Kanchenjunga Stadium ,Siligudi on Monday.
Nepal put up a strong fight but could not manage to outscore the opposition. Kamala Devi put India on the lead late on in the 44th minute.
Nepal went further down in the 59th minute after Indumati placed the ball beyond the goalie from just inside the box. Nepal pulled a goal back from the spot from Sabitra in the 75th minute. Nepal piled on the pressure on India but could not get the break through and ended up conceding another one as Sasmita Malik found the net from the corner in the 84th minute.
After the match, Head Coach Kumar Thapa said that Nepal played well but just could not get the goals. "We played well but could not get the goals when needed. They kept tight marks on Sabitra and we had some chances but we just could not use them well.", said Thapa.
He also said that the quality of referee was very poor and it played a part in the outcome. "We had three clear penalty denied and the first goal was offside. Overall, the quality of referee we saw is not what you expect in the match of such stature. It is not only us, but even the opposition team was unhappy with how the match was being officiated", added Thapa.
Mr. Thapa also said that the team did not achieve the target but lots of positives can be carried ahead. "We did not end up as champions but we played like it. This match was expected to be final and unlucky for us that only one of us could go and that was India. I am proud of my team and the way we played today.", ended Thapa.
- Subas Humagain, Siligudi