Nepal came from 2-0 down and scored two in two minutes to secure an entertaining 2-2 draw against India in the first friendly of the national women's team in Chennai on Wednesday.
India had scored two second half goals through Soumya Guguloth and Indumathi Kathiresan before Bhandari pulled one back from the penalty spot added another two minutes later.
The first half of the game saw both the sides missing opportunities to take the lead. Sandhiya Ranganathan's effort went wide in just the fourth minute before Rashmi Ghising's shot was saved by Indian goalie Aditi Chauhan. Sabitra Bhandari also saw her shot go wide after the half-hour mark.
India was the better side in the start of the second half and took the lead through Guguloth in the 54th minute. Her shot bounced off the ground and went into the net over Nepali keeper Anjila Tumbapo. Kathiresan doubled the advantage in the 68th when she was at the end of a cross by Karthika Angamuthu.
Nepal looked for an inspiration from somewhere and found from a penalty towards the final few minutes of the regular time. Sweety Devi handled the ball inside the box and the resulting penalty was calmly slotted home by Bhandari in the 90th minute. Two minutes later, Bhandari took advantage of a defensive lapse and levelled the game.
Nepal could have scored a third and claimed the victory but Preeti Rai's left-footed shot in the added minutes sailed over the bar.
The two sides will meet again on February 18 for the second friendly.
The preliminary squad for the AFC U-20 Asian Cup 2024 Qualifiers has been announced on Wednesday.
Head coach Yam Prasad Gurung announced his squad for the tournament to be held in Palestine. Nepal have been drawn alongside hosts Palestine, Northern Mariana Islands and UAE in Group B of the Qualifiers.
Gurung had led the U-20 national women's team in the SAFF U-20 Women's Championship in Bangladesh.
Goalkeepers: Kabita BK, Sabitri Kishan, Lila Joshi, Puja Thapa
Defenders: Sabina Chaudhary, Sajani Thokar, Saru Hamal, Sunita Bhulan, Divya Yasmalai Magar, Pratikshya Chaudhary, Kumari Tamang
Midfielders: Tulasa Bohara, Sarah Bajracharya, Sunkala Rai, Manmaya Damai, Preeti Rai (Captain), Anjali Machamasi, Saraswati Hamal, Deepa Shahi, Hima Rawat, Jenifer Rana
Forwards: Garima Rai, Amisha Karki, Mamata Pun, Sadipa Bholan
President of All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) Pankaj Bikram Nembang has been nominated as the Deputy Chairperson of the Development Committee of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
The Development Committee is an important committee of the AFC which underlines stronger support for Member Associations (MAs) and Regional Associations (RAs). It is responsible for providing services and other supports to enable MAs and RAs to run and develop football.
President Nembang has also been elected as the member of AFC Executive Committee in the 33rd AFC Congress in Bahrain.
The South Asian Football Federation’s executive committee meeting held virtually on 14 Feb 2023 has approved the tender bid of Sports Partner International for the marketing and commercial rights of the SAFF Championship.
The SAFF had published a notice inviting tender bids to acquire the rights of the SAFF Championship on 13 December 2022 and received the bid within the deadline on 16 January 2023.
As per the decision of the committee, the rights has been awarded for four editions till 2029, while the 2023 edition of the championship has been decided to be held in a centralized venue in India.
However, the venue for this edition of the championship would be confirmed by 10 March, as requested by the All India Football Federation.
Jawalakhel defeat Three Star; Church Boys share points with 10 men Machhindra
Satdobato defeat Khumaltar; Sankata, Sherpa share points
APF edge Army in departmental derby, Manang defeat NRT
Machhindra claim first win, Friends end Jawalakhen unbeaten run
ANFA bids farewell to U-17 women's team
Nepal thrash Northern Mariana Island, qualify for second round
Shahi scores four as Nepal rout Palestine
ANFA marks International Women's Day with AFC Women's Football Day program
ANFA to sell Prime Minister Cup Three Nations Cup tickets through Khalti
ANFA, Korea FA sign financial agreement MoU
Head coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese, Assistant Gen Secy Bhattarai receive appointment letter
Ex-Co meeting appoints Assistant General Secretary and Assistant Treasurer
'B' Division League to begin from March 29, preparation amount increased
Nayabasti fined 300k; player, club officials banned for indiscipline act
Khumaltar promoted to A division, Samajik Youth relegated
Promotion battle goes to final round after Khumaltar's victory, Jhamsikhel relegated
Martyr's Memorial 'C' Division League 2023 to begin from May 15
Jhapa Football Club clinch C Division title
Planning Boys United promoted to B division
Jhapa Football Club promoted to B Division, Birgunj, Oasis down
Kavre DFA and ANFA organize ANFA community coaching course Kavre district.
ANFA Community Coaching Course Begins in Kathmandu.
4-day ANFA Community Coaching Course concluded in Tanahun
ANFA Community Coaching Course kicks-off in the Tanahun
Dates of knockout tournaments confirmed
Machhindra crash out after Blue Star defeat
Machhindra to face Sri Lanka's Blue Star in AFC Cup Qualifiers
26 clubs advance as Martyr's Memorial 'C' Division League Qualifiers knockout begins
Future of Football conference for national team coaches held
ANFA holds workshop on league development
Football development proposal submitted to Karnali CM Shahi
ANFA, APF reaches historic agreement to establish Football Academy
Nepal lose to Tajikistan in second match
Nepal finish AFC Futsal Asian Cup Qualifiers winless after Afghanistan defeat
Nepal lose to Uzbekistan in AFC Futsal Asian Cup Qualifiers
ANFA bids farewell to national futsal team
Gianni Infantino re-elected unopposed as FIFA president
SAFF confirms Sports Partner International as the official commercial partner
Sherpa Holds Talks with US Soccer Officials for Collaboration
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal to distribute prize money of PM Three Nations Cup
Final squad for Prime Minister Three Nations Cup announced
Coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese officially unveiled
Preparations for Prime Minister Three Nations Cup in full swing
Overcoming societal taboos to relish national team dream
A striker who aims to make up for lost time
Ravi Shankar Paswan, a speedy midfielder who hopes to play in foreign football leagues
A little-known decorated FIFA referee who hopes to aspire new generation
FIFA Referees, Assistant Referees receive badges
ANFA Referee Course concludes in Kailali, 11 receive badges
India crushes Nepal to lift record fifth SAFF Women's title
Nepal beat Sri Lanka 4-0 to enter final
India ousted Sri Lanka 5-0; Nepal face Sri Lanka in semis
Manakamana Youth Club starts spraying disinfectant in local ward after increase in Covid-19 cases
ANFA Corporate Social Responsibility conducted a voluntary blood donation
Final squad for SAFF Women's Championship confirmed
National Women's team squad reduced to 35 players
40 players called up for closed camp of Asian Games
Waling earn first point as APF lead table after first round
The final squad for the U-17 National Team has been announced.
45 players finalized for U-17 closed camp
ANFA bids farewell to U-20 national team
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Points table (After fifth round)
Marketing, Digital and Broadcasting rights (Three Nation and Olympic Qualifiers first round) Published in The Rising Nepal on March 16, 2023.
Notice regarding services for tri-nation cup (Published in The Rising Nepal)
Regarding various rights of A, B & C Div Leagues (Published on The Rising Nepal on February 18, 2023)
Regarding procument of items for A, B and C division leagues (Published on The Rising Nepal on January 25, 2023)
Regarding various rights of A, B & C Div Leagues (Published on The Rising Nepal on January 20, 2023)
Condolence and tie-sheet draw