Brigade Boys Club (BBC) have been relegated to the second division after losing 3-2 to Satdobato Youth Club (SYC) in the Qatar Airways Martyr's Memorial 'A' Division League 2021/22 on Monday.
BBC have seven points and a victory in their last game won't move them up the table due to inferior head-to-head difference against Friends Club. Friends had defeated BBC 5-2 in the league.
It was an entertaining match at Dasharath Stadium with BBC twice coming from behind to level the score. SYC took the lead through Sushil Rai in the 13th minute only for BBC to equalize in the 16th through Bertrand Ottou.
SYC retook the lead through Dipak Raj Singh Thakuri in the 18th minute before BBC levelled it again in the 51st through Roshan Rana Magar.
But Niraj Chaudhary scored three minutes from time to give SYC the victory and move them to fifth in the table.
SYC's head coach Megh Raj KC said he was sad for BBC's relegation to the second tier. "I won't say I am happy because a club which I had managed in the past is relegated today. Yes we play for win in matches but the victory was a bittersweet moment for me," said KC who played for BBC when they were promoted to A division in 2061 BS.
BBC's head coach Sanoj Shrestha said they knew only a victory would have kept their chances alive. "We tried our best, we twice came from behind but it was not going to be for us. Our mistake I think was we were weak financially and invested in youths. We also lacked consistency in the league," said Shrestha.
The first match on Tuesday will be a departmental derby between Nepal Police Club and APF Football Club. Tribhuvan Army Football Club will play Sankata Club in the second match. Both the matches will be played at Dasharath Stadium.