In a surprising turn of events, the Maldives, who hadnt scored a goal until this game, put three past Nepal in the first semi-final of the SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018 to take the side to its first final since 2009.Nepal came into this game with some confidence after they topped Group A with two convincing wins over Bhutan and Bangladesh. Meanwhile, their opponents of the night, Maldives, needed some luck to get to the semi-final. The side was tied with Sri Lanka in the second place on every parameter and it took winning a toss, to take Petar Segrts team to the semi-final. Maldives dominated proceedings immediately and captain Akram Abdul Ghanee scored from a free-kick in the eighth minute of the game. Heavy rains, accompanied by thunderstorm and lightning forced a halt in play in the 27th minute. The game resumed after almost 30 minutes and the two sides made sure no intensity was lost after the forced break. Despite coming close a few times, Nepal were unable to penetrate the Maldives defence and Mohamed Faisal, who has enjoyed a wonderful tournament so far, was once again on top of his game between the sticks.Trying to chase a goal late into the game, Nepal were caught by a swift Maldivian counter-attack in the 84th minute and Ibrahim Waheed Hassan made no mistake and slotted the ball to the bottom right corner from the centre. Hassan struck again in the 86th minute to make sure any hope for a dramatic comeback by Nepal was put to rest. Acknowledging his mistakes, Nepal coach Bal Gopal Maharjan said after the game, We played very well. The weather was, of course, an issue but unfortunately, my tactics and substitutions were not effective. I am satisfied with my sides performance. I told my team, it does not matter how reached the semi-final. You must reach the finals no matter what. I told my players today as well, we will win this game and we will score goals, and we did it. But big compliment to Nepal, they were a very strong opponent, said the delighted Petar Segrt after the game.
The All Nepal Football Association ANFA announced a three-year Marketing and Promotion Rights deal contracting Ram Saraswoti ,RamSar Media P. Ltd. on September 11 ,Tuesday, at the ANFA Complex, Satdobato.The deal includes all ATL, BTL rights for advertisement for entire matches to be held as Sahid Smarak A Division League, conducted by ANFA for three years.RamSar at its own costs will promote Sahid Smarak A Division League 2075 on Hoarding Boards, Television, FM Stations, Colleges, Local transport, Magazines and social media to support ANFA. As per the memorandum of understanding signed by ANFA President Karma Tsering Shrepa and Managing Director of Ram Saraswoti Meddia P. Ltd. Raj Humagain, the ANFA will receive Rs. 1,00,00,000 ,One Crore only, per annum for year 2075, Rs. 1,50,00,000 ,One Crore Fifty Lakhs, for year 2076 and Rs. 2,00,00,000 ,Two Crore, for year 2077. RamSar will also print or assist ANFA on tickets, Press Meet backdrops and publications.We have entered into an agreement with RamSar for three years for the promotion and marketing rights. We are excited and hope that the football in Nepal will scale greater heights with effective marketing and promotions, ANFA President Karma Tsering Sherpa told ANFA Media.
The All Nepal Football Association ,ANFA, is all set to host the Group E matches of AFC U-16 Womens Championship 2019 Qualifiers at the APF ground, Halchowk from Wednesday. Group E hosts Nepal are grouped with Philippines, Myanmar and Malaysia. In the opening day, Myanmar will take on Malaysia at 11:30 AM while Nepal will play against Philippines at 3:30 PM. The top two teams from each group will advance to Finals in 2019 which will be held in Thailand. The ticket price for the qualifier is set for Rs. 200 for each ticket while fans can also book and buy the tickets paying online through E-Sewa. The total estimated budget of the qualifier is Rs. 1, 35, 00,000. Likewise, the Asian Football Confederation ,AFC, will assist ANFA financially with US, 20,000 for the tournament.
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