Ghale's brace ensures hard-fought victory for Biratnagar

Parbati Ghale scored twice as Biratnagar Metropolitan City came from behind to defeat Chaudandigadhi Municipality Udaypur 2-1 in the National Women's League on Saturday.

Manita Tamang had given the lead to Chaudandigadhi in the seventh minute before Ghale levelled in the 15th minute. Ghale pounced on to give Biratnagar the lead three minutes before time after Chaudandigadhi's goalkeeper Susmita Rai failed to keep hold of the free kick by Asha Kumari.

Biratnagar coach Paras Chaudhary was delighted for the team's fighting spirit in the win. "We were unlucky to hit the cross bar couple of times but the girls kept fighting. We were able to equalize and finally score the winning goal few minutes before time," said Chaudhary.

Chaudandigadhi's coach Dipak Thapa said the small mistake by goalkeeper Rai had a big impact on their match. "We had played for three points but she failed to hold the ball. That cost us our first point," said Thapa.  

Biratnagar are fifth on the table with 13 points. Chaudandigadhi are bottom of the table without a point from 10 matches.

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APF march on towards title after ninth win

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.

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Police win against Chandrapur, keep top 3 hopes alive

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.

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Football development proposal submitted to Karnali CM Shahi

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.

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