Nepal U23 to play friendly against Indonesia U23

The national U23 team, currently in closed camp training, will play a friendly against Indonesia U23 team in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

The friendly will be a part of preparation for the AFC U23 Asian Cup Qualifiers.

Nepal have been drawn alongside Iran, Lebanon and Tajikistan in Group B for the tournament.

Nepal will play its first match against Iran on October 25 and second against hosts Tajikistan on October 28. Nepal's final match will be against Lebanon on October 31. All the matches will be played at Republican Central Stadium in Dushanbe.

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Nepal into SAFF Finals for the first time

Nepal has reached the finals of the SAFF Championship after playing out a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh in Male on Wednesday.

Nepal required only a point to confirm their place in the finals. Anjan Bista struck in the 86th minute penalty to give the vital point for Nepal and create history.

Bangladesh had taken the lead through Sumon Reza unmarked header in the 8th minute. Nepal wasted a glorious opportunity to bring things to level after Rohit Chand skied his shot after cross by Gautam Shrestha in the 15th.

Nepal kept on knocking Bangladesh's post but found their goalkeeper Anisur Rahman Zico in tremendous form. Sumon Reza could also double Bangladesh lead in the 55th but was kept out by rushing Kiran Chemjong.

Rahman was sent off in the 79th when he handled Anjan Bista's shot outside the box. Nepal were awarded a penalty four minutes from time when Bista was brought down inside the box. He levelled and ensured the point which would guarantee Nepal's place in the final.

Nepal will take on either Maldives or India in the final on October 16. Maldives only need a point while India have to win the match to reach the final.

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RC 32, Sports Academy Sanga and Raniban Sports Club promoted to C division

RC 32, Sports Academy Sanga and Raniban Sports Club have been promoted to 'C' division after winning the final matches.

RC 32 defeated Samaj Sewi Club 5-3 in penalty shoot-out after the regular time finished in 2-2 draw. Babin Bohora and Bibek Santoshi had scored for RC 32 while Hari Bahadur Ale Magar and Khagendra Bayalkoti scored for Samaj Sewi Club.

Sports Academy Sanga defeated Samyukta Namuna Youth Club 1-0. Aaditya Karki scored the only goal for Sports Academy.

Raniban Sports Club won 1-0 against Nuwakot United FC courtesy of goal from Bivek Sanjel.

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Nepal still on top and favorites for final despite India defeat

Nepal lost to India but are still in good position to secure their place in the final of the SAFF Championship.

Indian skipper Sunil Chhetri scored the only goal of the game in the 82nd minute to give the much needed win for India.

Nepal are top with six points from three games, level on points with second-placed Maldives, and play their final group game against fourth-placed Bangladesh on four points. India, with five points, take on Maldives with all four teams still in contention for the top two spots.

With India needing to secure a win to make their life easy for the finals, Nepal held firm in their own half and were happy to prevent them from scoring. Nepal had few chances in the game while India wasted those which fell to them.

Chhetri's shot in the 21st minute was saved by Kiran Kumar Limbu and his header from a corner three minutes later sailed over the bar. Tej Tamang's cross in the 41st minute was cleared by Shubhasish Bose.

In the second half, India further stepped up the pressure on Nepal with Yasir Mohammad's shot after a good spell of run was comfortably saved by Limbu. The closest they came to break the deadlock was in the 58th minute when Manvir Singh headed Yasir's cross but saw it saved by Limbu. Shubhasish headed straight to Limbu after the ball came off after Chhetri could not time his header instead hitting his shoulder in the 77th minute.

Chhetri finally scored in the 82nd minute when Farukh Chaudhary's flicked his header into Chhetri's path who took this opportunity with his left-footed shot from inside the six yard box.

Nepal began to attack after going behind but with India holding firm, ran out of time to find the equalizer.

Nepal and Maldives now need at least a point to reach the final while Bangladesh and India both have to win.

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