Nepal Armed Police Force Club (APF) closed in on the National Women's League title after registering their ninth consecutive win with a 6-0 defeat of Waling Municipality Syangja.
APF will win the title if they win the remaining two matches regardless of results elsewhere. They have five points lead over Tribhuvan Army Football Club (TAFC).
Sabitra Bhandari scored five times for APF while Preeti Rai had one in the win at ANFA Complex. Bhandari opened the scoring in the seventh minute and added another in the 16th. Four minutes later she completed her hat-trick.
Preeti Rai made it 4-0 in the added minutes of first half. Waling had few chances of their own but lacked finishing up front in the first half.
Waling improved in the second half but were unable to prevent Bhandari from scoring twice in the second half. Bhandari fourth in the 64th minute was scoffed into the net by Waling's goalie Sabitri Kishan. There was little Kishan could do in Bhandari's fifth in the last added minutes.
APF coach Bhagwati Thapa lauded the impact of foreign players in Waling's performance. "Their foreign players are really good and speedy. We could score early goals which helped us," said Thapa.
Waling's coach Dilip Thapa said no team likes to loose but should accept it and move on. "Our next two games are very important for us. We win those two, we can finish in third place," said Thapa.
Waling are currently in third place with 14 points, above Nepal Police Club on head-to-head difference but have played a game more than NPC.
Nepal Police Club (NPC) defeated Chandrapur Municipality Rautahat 3-0 to keep their hopes of top three alive in the National Women's League on Friday.
NPC and Waling Municipality Syangja both have 14 points each but Waling are above NPC due to better head-to-head difference.
In the match played at ANFA Complex in Satdobato, Srijana Khadka opened the scoring in the seventh minute. Nirmala BK added the second in second half heading in the goal in the 54th minute.
Rekha Poudel made it 3-0 five minutes before the full time.
Rautahat had few chances to score but let down by poor finishing. They are sixth in the standings.
A committee formed to study the possibility of development of football and football infrastructures in Karnali Province has submitted its report to the Chief Minister Mahendra Bahadur Shahi.
The committee coordinator and ANFA Vice President and Head of Grassroots Upendra Man Singh handed over the proposal amid a special function at Office of Chief Minister and Council of Ministers in Karnali Province on Thursday.
The report includes the detailed plans to develop football in the hilly region giving special focus to grassroot development. Vice President Singh said they plan to develop the game and infrastructure in Karnali with support from the provincial government and Karnali Sports Council.
Chief Minister Shahi said the government was positive to develop footballing infrastructures in the province. "We aim to build one international standard stadium in every districts of the province. We need technical support from ANFA in this regard," said Shahi.
Ministers from the provincial cabinet and officials from Karnali Sports Council were also present in the programme.
The committee was formed after Shahi visited ANFA headquarters back in November. The proposal was prepared by the committee as per the discussion in that visit. Bhojraj Bhat and Rajan Maharjan are the other members of the committee.
Sharmila Thapa and Bimala BK both scored a brace each as Tribuvan Army Football Club (TAFC) defeated Biratnagar Metropolitan City 7-0 in the National Women's League on Thursday.
Bimala Chaudhary, Rashmi Ghising and Sapana Lama also got into the scoresheet in the departmental side's win.
Thapa opened the scoring in the 17th minute and Lama made it 2-0 in the 22nd. BK scored her first six minutes after Lama's goal. Chaudhary and Ghising scored in the 35th and 39th minute. BK scored her second in the 50th minute and Thapa had her second four minutes later.
TAFC's coach Raju Tamang said they were able to convert scoring opportunities which helped their cause. "The win was also relatively easy. Biratnagar had played a good game in their earlier match but could not repeat that today," said Tamang.
Biratnagar's coach Paras Chaudhary they were not expecting to concede so many goals against the departmental side. "Our first half was not so good. Had we played the full match like the second half, there would not be so many goals," said Chaudhary.
The win narrows TAFC's gap to leaders Nepal Armed Police Force Club (APF) to two points. TAFC have 22 points to APF's 24 though the latter have a game in hand. Biratnagar lie fifth on the table.
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