Kuwait down Nepal in SAFF curtain raiser

  • 2023-06-21

Nepal lost to Kuwait 3-1 in the opening match of SAFF Championship 2023 at Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Banglore on Wednesday.

Anjan Bista scored the only goal for Nepal as Nepal began their campaign with a disappointing loss.

Khaled Hajiah put Kuwait ahead in the 23rd minute before Shabaib Alkhaldi doubled it in the 42nd minute of the match.

Nepal put an improved performance in the second half but Mohammad Abdullah scored Kuwait's third in the 65th minute. Four minutes after Kuwait's third, Bista pulled one back but there was little Nepal could offer to avoid the defeat.

It was Bista's 12th international goal and is just one behind Hari Khadka and Nirajan Rayamajhi.

Nepal will now face India in a must-win match on Saturday.

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