Nepal labour to victory over Bhutan in SAFF U-19 Women's Championship

Nepal emerged victorious over Bhutan in their second match of the SAFF U-19 Championship, clinching a 1-0 win at the BSSSMK Stadium in Dhaka on Sunday.

After suffering a setback with a 3-1 loss to hosts Bangladesh in their opening match, Nepal knew they had to secure a win to keep their hopes alive for the finals. Despite a tough first half where they struggled to break down Bhutan's defense, Nepal persevered and continued to press forward.

It wasn't until the 54th minute that Nepal finally found the breakthrough they were searching for, with Senu Pariyar netting the decisive goal after skillfully evading Bhutan's goalkeeper.

With this crucial victory, Nepal remains in contention for a spot in the finals of the regional competition. Securing three points from today's win, Nepal currently sits in third place, trailing behind leaders India and second-placed Bangladesh.

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ANFA Referee Course CAT-4 course begins in Kavre

The ANFA Referee Course CAT-4 kicked off in Kavre on Sunday, drawing participants from 11 districts across Bagmati Province. A total of forty-two individuals are engaging in the course, aimed at enhancing their referee skills and knowledge.

The inauguration ceremony was graced by the presence of Surya Lal Bhandari, Member Secretary of the Bagmati Province Sports Development Council, who ceremoniously lit an oil-fed lamp to mark the commencement of the course. Joining as special guests were ANFA General Secretary Kiran Rai, Ex-Co member Bikash Narayan Shrestha, and Bagmati District Football Association President Niroj Shrestha.

This seven-day course, organized by the Bagmati District Football Association with technical support from ANFA, is set to conclude on February 10th. It promises to equip participants with the necessary expertise and insights to excel in their roles as referees within the football community.

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National women's team squad down to 31

National women's team squad has been reduced to 31 from the previous 40. The team will take part in the 2024 WAFF Women's Championship in Saudi Arabia.

Head coach Rajendra Tamang trimmed his squad on Saturday.

Besides Nepal, Guam, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Syria have confirmed their intention to participate in the competition.

Goalkeepers: Anjila Tumbapo Subba, Anjana Rana Magar, Usha Nath, Sapana Rai

Defenders: Nisha Thokar, Samikshya Ghimire, Hira Kumari Bhujel, Puja Rana, Bimala BK, Sabina Chaudhary, Ganga Gurung, Gita Rana, Amrita Jaisi, Pratichya Chaudhary

Midfielders: Anita KC, Saraswati Hamal, Samjhana Lawati, Anjali Machamache, Anita Basnet, Bimala Chaudhary, Manmaya Damai, Dipa Shahi, Preeti Rai, Dipa Neupane

Forwards: Sabita Rana Magar, Amisha Karki, Sabitra Bhandari, Rashmi Ghising, Anushka Sherpa, Chandra Bhandari, Rekha Poudel

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Nepal lose to Bangladesh in SAFF U-9 Women's Championship

Bangladesh downed Nepal 3-1 in the SAFF U-19 Women's Championship in Dhaka on Friday.

In a gripping encounter at the BSSSMK Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh seized control early on, netting two goals in quick succession during the first half. Sagorika broke the deadlock in the 40th minute, followed swiftly by Munki Akhter doubling the lead just two minutes later.

Despite Nepal's determined efforts, they found themselves trailing as Bangladesh maintained their defensive resilience throughout the game.

Nepal managed to narrow the deficit with a goal in the 54th minute, injecting some hope but Bangladesh quickly responded, with Sagorika securing her second goal just three minutes later, sealing the victory for the hosts.

With this result, Nepal faces a tough challenge ahead to secure the top two spot in the Championship. They face Bhutan in their next match on Sunday. Bhutan, who suffered a heavy 10-0 defeat against India in their opening match, will be eager to bounce back, setting the stage for an intriguing encounter.

The top two sides after a single round robin matches will play in the final.

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