Group E: Manang Marshyangdi Club 1-1 Minerva Punjab

Kathmandu: India’s Minerva Punjab’s search for their first win in the 2019 AFC Cup continued as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Nepal’s Manang Marshyangdi Club in a Group E tie on Wednesday.

The Indian side were forced to play with 10 men in the second half after losing Prateek Joshi to a red card just before the half-time whistle.

Manang Marshyangdi began the first half well as they starved Minerva of possession but the Indian side looked effective whenever they got a chance with the ball.

Samuel was particularly impressive in the wings early on. His first attempt was thwarted by a diving tackle from Bishal Rai in the wings but in the eighth minute, he produced an impressive long range effort that came off the bar.

Two minutes later, Thoiba Singh produced a similar effort but ended up with the same result.

Minutes later, Olapido brought down Minerva’s young goalkeeper Arsh Singh while going for an aerial ball in the box. The latter received medical attention while Olapido was shown the yellow card.

In the 28th minute, Samuel dodged past Kamal Shreshtha to create space for himself in the box but ended up depositing the shot into the arms of Marshyangdi goalkeeper Bishal Shrestha.

Thoiba, however, made the most of a slip-up by Shreshtha a couple of minutes later as he sent a cross from Hassan past the Marshyangdi goalkeeper to give Minerva the first goal in the 40th minute.

Seconds before the half-time, though, Minerva were a man down when Joshi received a red card.

Up against a reduced side in the second half, the Nepalese club created more chances. Arsh Singh was kept busy in the early part of the half, especially by Anjan Bista.

The match, however, turned on its head when Marshyangdi equalised through Shaheed Azeez in the 81st minute, Azeez calmly heading a long ball home in a crowded box.

The Indian club then had a goal denied minutes before the final whistle which ensured their streak of draws in the tournament remained unbroken.

Minerva will next be seen in action against Chennaiyin FC on Matchday Five while Manang Marshyangdi will play Dhaka Abahani.




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ANFA Annual Award Ceremony; recognizes outstanding achievements

The All Nepal Football Association celebrated ANFA Day on Sunday. The award ceremony was held in Kathmandu, and saw the presence of sports celebrities. Apart, from acknowledging the best of football in the year 2075, it was an evening of love and laughter as well.

The football personalities, District Football Association and club were rightly felicitated at the ANFA Day Awarding Ceremony.

Speeches by the ANFA President Karma Tsering Sherpa, Guest of Honor and Chief Guest as well as performances by the celebrities from the Nepali film industries added extra touch of grandeur to the event.

Here is a complete list of winners:

Club of the year

Manang Marshyandi Club

District Football Association of the Year

Morang DFA

Coach of the Year

Hari Khadka

Lifetime Achievement Award

Bhagirath Ale

Special Contribution (male)

Jumanu Rai

Special Contribution (male)

Anu Lama

Emerging Player (Female)

Manjali Kumari Yonjan

Emerging Player (Male)

Abishek Rijal

Referee of the Year (Male)

Laba Khatri

Referee of the Year (Female)

Ashmita Manandhar

Professional Player in the International Arena

Rohit Chand & Kiran Kumar Limbu

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Nepal to play Chinese Taipei in an international friendly

Nepal National men's football team will play Chinese Taipei in an international friendly in Kaohsuiung on June 6, 2019. 

The match will allow Nepal practice for this year's FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers. 

Nepal national team head coach Johan Kalin will soon start the training for national team.

"Good for us to get a game against a higher ranked team. We will work hard until the game to be as prepared as possible." said Kalin. 



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Final Selection for ANFA U13 & U16 Academy Team

April 25, 2019 - Final selection of players for the U-13 and U-16 team for the ANFA Academy has begun today at the ANFA Complex, Satdobato.

The final selection came from the selected players from nationwide trails. The selected 25 players in each age category will induct players into the ANFA Academies in Butwal and Dharan and ANFA will take care of the football training, studies and other facilities.

The selected U-16 players will be also representing Nepal in the AFC U-16 Qualifiers in August. 

“The initiative gives the young players an opportunity to gain ideal ambience to develop their potential to the fullest. "

The step is to build upon the foundations for the future national team. The academies will be looking to challenge the players to take them to next level both individually and as a team,” ANFA President Karma Tsering said ANFA Media.



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