Satdobato promoted after Khumaltar lose to Shree Bhagwati, Boys Union defeat Tusal

Satdobato Youth Club (SYC) have been promoted to the 'A' Division after Khumaltar Youth Club (KYC) were stunned by Shree Bhagwati Club (SBC) 2-1 in the Martyr's Memorial 'B' Division League on Saturday.

Leaders SYC have 25 points with two matches to play. Even if KYC, currently with 22 points, win their remaining one match they will match SYC's points tally but still be behind SYC due to head-to-head difference.

KYC started well with Sabin KC opening the scoring in the 26th minute. Dona Thapa levelled in the 40th minute and Aashish Shrestha added another six minutes from time.

In another match, Milan Limbu scored the only goal as Divine Boys Union Club (BUC) defeated Tusal Youth Club (TYC). BUC are fourth with 17 points from 10 matches while TYC languish in 10th place with nine points from their 10 matches.

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Satdobato one win away from promotion; Madhyapur defeat Pulchok

Satdobato Youth Club (SYC) are one win away from being promoted to 'A' Division after registering a comfortable 4-1 victory against Around The Himalaya Bansbari Club (BC) in the Martyr's Memorial 'B' Division League on Friday.

SYC have 25 points from nine matches and have two matches to play. Second-placed Khumaltar Youth Club (KYC) also have two matches remaining with 22 points. Since SYC have better head-to-head result against KYC, they will be promoted if they win one of their remaining two matches.

Ashim Rai opened the scoring for SYC in the 11th minute. Their lead was doubled in the added minutes of first half when BC's Amrit Shrestha scored in his own post. Prabesh Basnet added a third in the 52nd and Dinesh Rai made it 4-0 10 minutes later.

Nishan Sunar scored one in the 77th minute but it was too little and too late to mount any challenge for BC.

SYC's coach Sanoj Shrestha admitted they were closer to promotion but should not be carried away as there were still two matches to play. "We scored early and put on the pressure against our opponent. It paid off and we were able to score more," said Shrestha.

BC's coach Yugal Kishor Rai said they were now out of promotion race and congratulated SYC for inching closer to promotion. "They are now one match closer. We made mistakes and they converted theirs. That let us down," said Rai.

BC have 18 points from nine matches in third position.

In the second match, Madhyapur Youth Association (MYA) defeated Pulchok Sports Club (PSC) with Dhiraj Shrestha scoring a brace for MYA. Shrestha scored in the 33rd and 67th minute while Yam Bahadur Shrestha scored into his own net. Kismat Limbu scored in the 17th minute and Shyrab Lo Tamang scored in the added minutes of first half for PSC.

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ANFA to host a invitational three-nation international football tournament

The All Nepal Football Association is all set to host a new invitational three-nation international football tournament from 22 to 30 March 2021. 

The tournament will have participation from Bangladesh and Kyrgyzstan. The Kyrgyzstani team will feature Olympics U-23 team. 

The tournament will also have FIFA recognition and will be played in round—robin format. There shall be total of four matches, seeing top two teams playing in the finals. 

The ANFA has come up with this concept and opportunity through a gap in the schedule after the postponement of Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023. 

The Dashrath Stadium will host the matches of three-nation competition.

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Shree Bhagwati earn second win; RCT, Shree Kumari ends in stalemate

Shree Bhagwati Club (SBC) registered their second win of the Martyr's Memorial 'B' Division League with 3-2 victory over Jhamsikhel Youth Club (JYC) on Thursday.

An own goal by Sunil Shahi gave the lead for SBC in the 11th minute. JYC levelled through Madan Syangtan in the 32nd. Nawa Raj Gurung restored SBC's lead with the second goal in the 57th minute only for Anish Chaudhary to equalize again in the 74th minute.

Mohan Bahadur Thapa Magar scored six minutes from time to give the victory to SBC.

SBC's coach Sailesh Karmacharya said he was not content with the team's performance despite the victory which took them up to eighth on the table. "Our forwards had a bad day at job as we missed many scoring opportunities. Yes we won but given our performance I would say we were lucky today," said Karmacharya.

JYC's assistant coach Krishna Kumar Thapa said his players lacked fitness in today's match. "Our players were everywhere on the pitch but running without any ideas. There was no coordination among them and it cost us the match," said Thapa.

In the second match of the day, Rani Pokhari Corner Team (RCT) and Shree Kumari Club (SKC) ended in a 1-1 draw.

RCT's Ajit Gurung headed in the first goal in the third minute but Yubaraj Rai found the back of the net in the 22nd to equalize for SKC.

RCT's coach Sulav Jung Rana said they came under pressure after they were reduced to 10 man following two bookable offenses against Sunil Raut Kurmi. "We had scored early in the match. We could have added more goals but our forwards could not reap the chances they were given," said Rana.

SKC's Sandesh Kumar Shrestha said they controlled possession but conceding early goal was a hammer blow to their plan. "We put them under pressure in the first half and were on top after they were reduced to 10 man. But we could not take advantage of the situation," said Shrestha.

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