ANFA signs football development MoU with SAFF

All Nepal Football (ANFA) and Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) have signed a two-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) on various aspects of football development.

ANFA President Karma Tsering Sherpa and SAFF President Yasser Almisehal signed the MoU in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

As per the agreement, the two sides will invite or host visit to football facilities. There will also be international friendlies and training camps of various age groups teams (U17, U20, U23) between the two sides.

ANFA and SAFF will also carry out exchange programs on referee development, referee education, VAR skills and referee appointments for competitions hosted in both countries.

Various workshops, meetings and seminars will also be conducted to support and encourage expertise resources sharing on youth football development.

ANFA President Sherpa is currently on a visit to Saudi Arabia. He had met with AFC General Secretary Dato’ Windsor John and Deputy General Secretary Vahid Kardany on Saturday. The meeting agreed to resume technical assistance fund for ANFA.

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Machhindra strengthen their lead at top after drubbing of Brigade Boys

Machhindra Football Club (MFC) extended their lead at the top to four points after a comfortable 4-0 victory over Khukuri Brigade Boys Club (BBC) in the Qatar Airways Martyr's Memorial 'A' Division League 2021/22 on Sunday.

After a goalless first half, Bimal Gharti Magar scored twice and Rejin Subba and Abhishek Rijal scored one apiece to cruise to a comfortable victory at Dasharath Stadium.

Magar opened the scoring in the 56th minute before doubling in the 62nd. After Rejin Subba scored the teams third in the 84th minute, Rijal rounded up BBC's goalie Gurpreet Singh for the fourth in the added minutes.

When asked about their title chances, MFC's head coach Prabesh Katuwal said they still have four games to play and the title was still not won. "Every teams are good. We are atop the standings but the league has not finished. We should give our best to win the remaining matches," said Katuwal.

BBC's Sanoj Shrestha said they were able to stop MMC in the first half but could not contain the second. "We did a good job to stop them in the first half. But I felt my team was overconfident after a good first half and they scored," said Shrestha.

The second game on Sunday between Chyasal Youth Club and Nepal Police Club has been called off due to Covid-19 outbreak among Chyasal players.

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Chyasal's game against Nepal Police called off due to Covid-19 outbreak

Qatar Airways Martyr's Memorial 'A' Division match between Chyasal Youth Club (CYC) and Nepal Police Club (NPC) on Sunday has been called off due to Covid-19 outbreak among players of Chyasal Youth Club.

CYC had requested ANFA for the match against NPC to be postponed citing 19 of their players had tested positive for Covid-19.

ANFA's League Committee took the decision to postpone the game upon the advice of Medical Committee. A new date for the match will be fixed soon.

CYC and NPC were scheduled to play at 4:45 pm at Dasharath Stadium on Sunday.

The game between New Road Team and Jawalakhel Youth Club on Monday will be played as per the schedule.

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Bijaya Bhujel's last minute winner lifts Three Star to fourth

Bijaya Bhujel scored in the last minute of added time as Three Star Club (TSC) defeated Sankata Club (SC) 1-0 in the Qatar Airways Martyr's Memorial 'A' Division League 2021/22 on Saturday.

Bhujel scored in the seventh minute of added time after a defensive lapse by SC. Both the sides had few chances to break the deadlock early on but poor finishing and good saves by both the team's goalkeepers meant the game was goalless.

TSC's head coach Urjan Shrestha was delighted with the win. "I am very happy with the win. We were missing few key players but those who replaced them played very well," said Shrestha.

SC's Bishnu Gurung said he was happy with the team's performance despite the defeat. "Three Star are a good team and they were very aggressive in taking set-pieces especially in the second half. We were expecting a draw but they scored in the last minute," said Gurung.

TSC move above SC in the points table with the win. TSC now have 16 points from nine games, two points above SC, after nine games.

Brigade Boys Club will play league leaders Machhindra Football Club in the first match at 1 pm on Sunday while Nepal Police Club take on Chyasal Youth Club in the second match at 4:45 pm.

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