Bansbari, Shree Kumari register win

Around The Himalaya Bansbari Club defeated Tusal Youth Club 3-1 in the Martyr's Memorial 'B' Division Club on Wednesday.

Bhisma Raj Ghimire scored twice and Anil Gurung scored in the win for Bansbari. Sunil Dhami scored a consolation for Tusal.

Ghimire scored the opening goal in the fifth minute and made it 2-0 in the 34th. Gurung added a third in the 54th minute. Substitute Dhami scored a spectacular in the 70th minute for Tusal. Dhami latched a strong right-footed shot after a fine solo run from the midline.

Tusal could have scored their second through a penalty in the 87th but Alone Rai's shot was saved by Bansbari's goalkeeper Roshan Nepal.

Bansbari coach Yugal Kishore Rai said they were delighted to scored three points after the resumption of the league. "Winning points in the very first match is what we had wanted. We will improve as the fitness of my players improve," said Rai.

Tusal's coach Naresh Shrestha said they lacked coordination in today's match. "Our wingers could not receive the ball as we had wanted. That cost us the match," said Shrestha.

After six round of matches, Bansbari are third with 14 points. Tusal are fifth with eight points.

In the second match of the day, Ashish Rai scored four goals as Shree Kumari Club defeated Shree Bhagwati Club 4-1. Rai scored in the 20th, 53rd, 64th and 77th minute for Shree Kumari. Nawaraj Gurung scored a consolation in the added minutes for Shree Bhagwati.

Shree Kumari's coach Sandesh Kumar Shrestha their first half-an-hour was best football they had played in the tournament. "The first minutes were really good. We had changed some players and it suited our plan," said Shrestha.

Shree Bhagwati's coach Sailesh Karmacharya said their midfield could not play as expected. "Our midfield was really weak. We also lacked defensive coordination," said Karmacharya.

The win takes Shree Kumari to eight with six points from six matches. Shree Bhagwati are 10th with five.

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Naya Basti, Khumaltar make winning start as 'B' Division resumes

Naya Basti Youth Association and Khumaltar Youth Club made winning start as Martyr's Memorial 'B' Division League resumed from Tuesday.

Naya Basti defeated Madhyapur Youth Association 2-1 and Khumaltar Youth Club defeated Pulchok Sports Club 5-2 at ANFA Complex on Tuesday.

Sachu Gurung and Abhay Dhimal scored in Naya Basti's win. Bhupal Singh Gurung was the scorer for Madhyapur.

In the second match of the day, Mahesh Rai scored twice and Ayush Ghalan, Sabin KC and Manish Sedai scored one each in Khumaltar's win over Pulchok. Min Bahadur Gurung and Kismat Limbu scored for Pulchok.

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ANFA, Gangalal Hospital sign MOU for PCMA test of footballers

All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) and Shahid Gangalal National Heart Centre on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the Pre-Competition Medical Assessment treatment of footballers.

ANFA President Karma Tsering Sherpa and Gangalal Hospital's Executive Director Chandra Mani Adhikari signed and exchanged the MOU during a programme at Gangalal Hospital today.

As per MOU, Gangalal Hospital will conduct the test of players to assess the condition of players' heart. ANFA will help and coordinate with Gangalal Hospital for the study and research in sports cardiology.

The agreement covers players of all age group of men's and women's national team and players from ANFA Academy.

Speaking at the programme, Gangalal Hospital's Executive Director Chandra Mani Adhikari said such agreement was first of its kind in the country. "No one has done any research on the state of players' heart in the country. We hope we can use our expertise and experience and improve the health state of players' in the country," said Adhikari.

ANFA President Sherpa said for a player staying fit is one of the most important aspects in football. "For a player to remain fit, his heart should be in prime condition. We hope this coordination with Gangalal Hospital will improve the player's health condition," said Sherpa.

Following the agreement, 20 players underwent the test today itself. Deep Karki, Ajit Bhandari, Devendra Tamang, Erik Bista, Nawayug Shrestha, Sujal Shrestha, Bishal Rai, Suraj BK, Ashish Lama, Tridev Gurung, Tshring Gurung, Darshan Gurung, Ishan Khadka, Sanjok Rai, Ravi Shankar Paswan, Palsang Lama and Ranjeet Dhimal underwent the test at the hospital on Tuesday.

ANFA Vice President Upendra Man Singh, General Secretary Indraman Tuladhar and other executive committee members and officials and doctors from Gangalal Hospital were also present in the programme.

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ANFA commemorates death of former footballer Shahi

All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) held a ceremony to mourn the death of former footballer and General Secretary Lok Bahadur Shahi.

Shahi had passed away on January 11 at his ancestral home in Choratta, Dailekh, aged 65.

ANFA President Karma Tsering Sherpa, Shahi's wife and children, vice presidents Upendra Man Singh and Bir Bahadur Khadka, General Secretary Indraman Tuladhar, Treasurer Rabindra Joshi, among other executive committee members and officials were present in the ceremony.

The ceremony was organized on the 45th day of Shahi's death.

Shahi's daughter Karuna Shahi thanked ANFA for holding such programme to commemorate her father's death. "I had thought he would be a forgotten man in Nepali football. But ANFA has recognized his contribution towards Nepali football," said Shahi.

ANFA President Karma Tsering Sherpa said Shahi's death was a colossal loss to Nepali football fraternity. "Football lost an important person. His legacy will be remembered forever," he said. Sherpa said ANFA will support in the study of Shahi's children and hoped his family members would have the strength to overcome such grief.

Shahi played as a goalkeeper of the national football team from 1982-1989. He was also a member of the team when Nepal won gold for football in 1984 South Asian Games.

Shahi also served as ANFA's general secretary from 1995 to 2002.

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