Nepal will play against arch rival India on Sunday with a win guaranteeing a place in the final of the SAFF Championship.
Nepal has only won once against India in SAFF Championship, a 2-1 victory in the 2013 championship held in Kathmandu. Overall the two sides have met 21 times with Nepal defeating India in only two occasions.
Nepal and India played two friendlies on September 2 and 5 in Dasharath Stadium. The first friendly ended in a 1-1 draw while India won the second one 2-1.
Nepal have won both the matches in the SAFF Championship defeating hosts and defending champions Maldives 1-0 in the first match while overcoming Sri Lanka 3-2 in the second. India are among the favorites in the Championship but have drawn both the matches against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Nepal's head coach Abdullah Almutairi said India is a very tough team to play against. "It is going to be difficult to play against India. They are the best team in the region and are seven times champions," he said. He added India are favorites for the win but Nepal will give their best. "I think they have 95 percent chances of winning while we have only one percent," he said.
Nepal's captain Kiran Kumar Limbu said they are taking every games step by step and they have a big test against India. "We have already passed two steps, India is another step for us. We will fight for victory," said Limbu.
The match will be played at National Stadium in Male at 9 pm local time.
Kishor Gurung scored a hat-trick and Bijay Gurung added another as Sports Castle Pokhara defeated Sankhamul Futsal 4-2 to lift the title of 'A' Division National Futsal League in Pokhara on Friday.
In the final played at Multipurpose Covered Hall in Pokhara, BIjay opened the scoring for Sports Castle in the sixth minute and Kishor scored his hat-trick in the 20th, 29th and 39th minute for the champions. Laxman Thapa Magar and Mani Lama scored for Sankhamul in the 11th and 23rd minute respectively.
Sports Castle also took home NRs 1 million after claiming the title while runner-up Sankhamul won NRs 500,000.
Sports Castle's coach Bishnu Gurung won the Best Coach award Sumit Shrestha won Emerging Player award.
Mani Lama from Sankhamul was adjudged Best ALA, Bijay Shrestha from Futsal 5 Dharan was Best Fixo and Anish Shrestha, also from Sankhamul, won Best GK award. Each award winners won NRs 25,000 each.
Executive Committee member of All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) and President of Rupandehi District Football Association Dirgha Bahadur KC has been bereaved of his mother's death.
KC's mother Khal Kumari KC died during course of treatment on Thursday. She was 92.
Sankhamul Futsal will play Sports Castle in the final of 'A' Division National Futsal League after defeating The Rising Club Dharan 4-3 in extra time on Thursday.
In the second qualifier match at the Multipurpose Covered Hall in Pokhara, Mani Lama scored in the third minute of extra time to secure the winner for Sankhamul after the regular time ended on 3-3.
Lama had scored a hat-trick for Sankhamul in the regular time. Bishan Shrestha had scored a brace and Hemanta Thapa Magar scored the other goal for Rising Club.
Rising Club had lost the first qualifier against finalists Sports Castle on Wednesday. The final will be played on Friday.
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