All Nepal Football Association President Karma Tsering Sherpa announced a cash reward of Rs. 500,000 each to the players of the Nepal National if they secure the tile of the SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018. Sherpa made the announcement at farewell program organized for the Nepal National Team at the ANFA Complex on Sunday. Nepal are in Group A with Pakistan, Bhutan and Bangladesh. They open their campaign against Pakistan on the opening day on September 4 and take on Bhutan and host Bangladesh respectively. Sherpa said that the team had a good preparation for the prestigious event and are one of the title contenders. The SAFF Championship is a like a World Cup to us. We have shown how fiercely we can fight in the previous editions, and I strongly believe the title is for our taking this time because we have prepared well, he added. Through this platform, I would like to request the Nepal Government to manage a fitting reward to the players in case of a triumph in Dhaka. In the build up to the championship, Nepal had participated in the Asian Games in Indonesia and had played two friendlies in Thailand before that. Though, all the five matches ï¿½ three in Indonesia and two in Thailand ï¿½ resulted in a loss, the tour was a beneficial in terms of match exposure. Nepal interim Head Coach Bal Gopal Maharjan seconded Sherpa explaining the preparations the team had made for the championship. Maharjan was of the view that the current squad is one of the strongest Nepali teams he had seen in recent years. Minister for Youth and Sports Jagat Bahadur Sunar ,Bishwakarma, NSC Member Secretary Keshav Kumar Bista and ANFA General Secretary Indra Man Tuladhar also spoke on occasion.