Nepal games in SAFF Championship to be broadcasted live in Action Sports

Nepal's remaining matches in SAFF Championship will be broadcasted live by Action Sports. 

An agreement has been reached between All Nepal Football Association and Action Sports in this regard on Monday.

Nepal defeated Maldives in the opening match by 1-0 and play Sri Lanka today. The match will kick-off at 9:45 pm NST.

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Rising Club Dharan ensure playoffs berth, Lumbini Futsal relegated

The Rising Club Dharan became the third club to secure playoffs berth in the 'A' Division National Futsal League on Monday.

Rising Club defeated table toppers Sports Castle Pokhara 6-4 with Milan Rai scoring a brace and Rewosh Maskey, Biku Tamang, Sudip Gurung and Bishan Shrestha scoring one each. Sumit Shrestha, Suren Budha Magar, Kishor Gurung and Dipesh Ghale scored for Sports Castle.

In the second match of the day, Lumbini Futsal were relegated after losing 5-4 to Machhindra Sky Goals. Dip Sen Thakuri, Suvet Lama, Manoj Rai and Sabin KC scored for Sky Goals and Lumbini's Sabin Magar scored an own goal. Sujan Thapa scored twice and Rupen Baraili and Devashish Sharma scored for Lumbini.

A minute of silence was observed to mourn the death of former FIFA referee Laba Khatri who passed away on Monday morning before the start of games today.

Futsal 5 Dharan will play Prabhatpheri Youth Club, Dhuku Futsal take on Jharna Sports Club and Sabin Memorial will play Sankhamul Futsal in the final round of group games on Tuesday.

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Former FIFA referee Laba Khatri dies

Former FIFA referee and General Secretary of Referee Association Laba Khatri passed away on Monday. He was 50.

Khatri was pronounced dead at Mediciti Hospital where he was rushed after falling down in bathroom at his home.

Khatri was working as referee instructor having retired from referring in 2018. He is survived by his wife and son.

Meanwhile, Khatri's body will be kept at ANFA premises from 12:10 pm for final tributes.

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Nepal aims to maintain winning momentum against Sri Lanka

Nepal's head coach Abdullah Almutairi said they are going to face a difficult test against Sri Lanka but hope to walk away with three points when the two sides meet in the SAFF Championship on Monday.

After winning their first match against Maldives by 1-0, courtesy of Manish Dangi's goal, Nepal face Sri Lanka in the second match. Sri Lanka had lost to Bangladesh by 1-0 in their opening match.

Abdullah said Sri Lanka was going to be difficult for Nepal. "It is not going to be easy. I hope we can collect the points," he said. He said Sri Lanka had all the potential to surprise Nepal having lost their first match. "They are good and strong team. They played well against Bangladesh even after their player was sent off. We hope to take advantage of their aggressive tackling in the game," he said.

Abdullah also was thankful towards Sri Lankan coach who praised Nepal's playing style. "I would thank him for his words but I will be happy only if I take all the three points," he said.

The last time Nepal faced Sri Lanka was in 2016 in Bangabandhu Gold Cup when Bimal Gharti Magar gave Nepal a 1-0 win. The two teams have met 17 times with Nepal winning in three occasions and losing six times.

The match will be played at National Stadium in Male. It will kick-off at 21:45 NST.

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