SANJU hit a brace as India thrashed Maldives 6-0

March 13, 2019 - SANJU hit a brace as India thrashed Maldives 6-0 at the Sahid Rangashala, Biratnagar in the SAFF Women’s Championship 2019.

India took just eight minutes to get going through Grace Dangmei.

Sandhiya Ranganathan, who was left unmarked inside the box found the net as she doubled the lead for India in the 13th minute.

The Indian team were irresistible and raced into a 4-0 lead after just 27 minutes.

Ratnabalo Devi (45+4’) tucked in a specular free kick as to give India a 5-0 lead till the half time, before Indumathi Kathiresan (22’) and SANJU (27’) had netted for India.

Maldives completely failed to cope with India’s attacking movement and passing’s while India relaxed with the margin.

In the second half, Maldives offered more fight but SANJU effectively killed the match in the 90th minute with her second and teams sixth goal.

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Nepal thrash Bhutan 3-0 to begin campaign

March 12, 2019 (Biratnagar) - Nepal defeated Bhutan by a comfortable margin of 3-0 in the opening match of the SAFF Women’s Championship 2019 at the Sahid Rangashala, Biratnagar on Tuesday.

A fairly dreary game was studded with some goals from Nepal as the hosts team grow on confidence taking heart from the victory. 

Manjali Kuamri Yonjan opened the scoring for Nepal after gracefully guiding Dipa Rai’s pass in the 13th minute of the match.

Sabitra Bhandari after three minutes doubled the lead for Nepal with her solo effort beating two Bhutanese defenders.

Bhutan strike line were awful as they completed toothless attack and failed to muster single shot on goal.

Skipper Niru Thapa scored the third in the 55th minute.

Commenting about the match, Bhutan women’s team head coach Sung Jea Lee said he was pleased with the performance of his players in the match.

“Nepal is a better side and they are one of the strong team in the championship." 

Likewise, Nepal head coach Hari Khadka admitted that his players failed to convert the chances tough they won the match.

“I am disappointed as my players failed to take couple of chances. We played well in secod half, we had few chances in first half but could not take them.” said Khadka. 

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ANFA signs with ICN and Mercy Crops

March 8, 2019 - The All Nepal Football Association today signed a memorandum of understanding with Improvement Company Nepal (ICN) and Mercy Crops for the development of Player registration and management application software system.

ANFA President Karma Tsering Sherpa, ICN CEO Rupesh Bhakta Shrestha and Mercy Crops Country Director Sanjay Dhoj Karki signed and exchanged the agreement paper amidst a program held in Lalitpur.

ICN, a software company has designed and developed a software to register players, coaches, referees and tournaments while Mercy Crops will witness the project and help and facilitate to implement and ensure the completion of the project for the benefit of Nepalese Football.

The duration of the contract is for four years.  

ANFA President Karma Tsering Sherpa said, “The ANFA is delighted to partner with ICN and Mercy Crops to promote Nepalese football digitally. The step is set for all-round development of football.”  

The cost of the tailor-made software is called Rs. 1 million.

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Head Coach Khadka names final squad for SAFF

March 7, 2019 - Nepal National Women’s Football Team head coach Hari Khadka has today finalized Nepal’s 20-player squad for the SAFF Women’s Championship 2019.  

Hari Khadka’s final 20- player selection features six members from Nepal U-19 team.

“I have been pleased with the efforts of all the players during the preparation camp in Itahari, Jhapa and Biratagar” said Hari Khadka.

“The step of selection process to final squad for SAFF has been difficult because the players have given their best to survive the cut throat competition.”

“I believe that the squad can make Nepal proud in the biggest biennial championship taking place here this time.” added Khadka.

The mega event is scheduled to kick off from March 12 in Biratnagar.

Nepal face Bhutan in the opening of the championship on March 12 at 15:00Hrs at Sahid Rangashala

Anu Lama (FW), Bimala Chaudhary (MF)and Sunita Chaudhary (DF), who were in the squad for the Hero Gold Cup Women’s International Tournament in India, have made their departure from the squad.


The Squads:

Goalkeepers: Anjana Rana Magar, Usha Nath, Anjila Tumbapo Subba.

Defenders: Hira Kumari Bhujel, Gita Rana, Punam Jargha Magar, Amrita Jaishi, Kabita Dhimal, Puja Rana, Man Maya Limbu.

Midfielders: Anita Basnet, Dipa Rai, Manjali Kumari Yonjan, Sharmila Thapa, Saru Limbu, Renuka Nagarkote, Anita KC.

Forwards: Rekha  Poudel, Niru Thapa (C), Sabitra Bhandari.

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