APF Football Club to take part in inaugural season of the AFC Womenโ€™s Champions League

National Women's League 2022 Champions AAPF Football Club will take part in the inaugural season of the AFC Women’s Champions League which will get underway in August.

The official draw ceremonies for both the Preliminary Stage and Group Stage will be conducted on Thursday, July 18 at the AFC House.

Clubs from the top eight MAs, as ranked according to the latest FIFA Women’s World Ranking (as of 15 March 2024), will qualify directly to the Group Stage, which comprises three groups of four teams to be contested in a centralised league format from October 6 to 12.

The remaining 14 clubs will have to make it through the Preliminary Stage that features four groups – two groups of four teams and two groups of three - to be played in a centralised league format between August 25 and 31, with the four group winners qualifying for the Group Stage.

APF Football Club were crowned champions of the League held in Chitwan from March 24 to April 13, 2022. The club, ranked 18, will now take part in the preliminary stage of the competition.

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Karki Most Valuable player, Samajik Youth Fair Play team

RC 32 Football Academy Rohan Karki has been named as the Most Valuable Player of Martyr's Memorial C Division League 2024. Karki also won a cash prize of Rs 50,000 with the award.

Social Welfare Sports Center Club's Roshan Chhetri won the Highest Scorer award. Chhetri has scored 12 goals in the tournament. Champions Bagmati Youth Club's stopper Anish Mahato won the Best Goalkeeper award.

Both Chhetri and Mahato won Rs 35,000 each for their respective awards.

Samajik Youth Club won the Fair Play Team of the tournament and won Rs 50,000.

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Bagmati crowned C Division champions, RC 32 finish second

Bagmati Youth Club have been crowned the champions of the Martyr's Memorial C Division League after playing a goalless draw with Pulchowk Sports Club at ANFA Complex on Wednesday.

Another title contender RC 32 Football Academy lost 3-2 to Sanepa Club at Army Physical Training and Sports Centre in Lagankhel.

Bagmati's match against Pulchowk was largely uneventful at ANFA Complex.

In the match at Lagankhel, Bibek Santoshi gave RC 32 the lead in the 10th minute of the match. Samvrant Singh Dangol leveled for Sanepa in the 36th minute before Pemba Dorje Lama put them ahead in the 58th. Heman Limbu equalized for RC 32 but Khem Raj Tamang's scored in the 89th minute of the match to win the match for Sanepa.

Champions Bagmati also won the cash prize of Rs 1 million while runner-up RC 32 took home Rs 700,000. Third-placed Pulchowk won Rs 400,000.

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Nepal denied victory by last-gasp Yemen goal

Yemen scored in the final few minutes of the match to deny Nepal the victory in the second round World Cup Qualifiers match in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

The match started with Yemen taking an early lead when Nasser Ahmed Al-Gahwashi successfully converted a penalty in the ninth minute, following a foul committed by Manish Dangi inside the box. However, Nepal swiftly responded, with Sanjeeb Bista equalizing in the 22nd minute.

Gillespye Jung Karki's header in the 66th minute sparked hopes of victory for Nepal. Yet, with just five minutes remaining, Mohammed Abdullah Al-Dahi's goal leveled the score, dashing Nepal's chances of securing the win.

Captain Kiran Kumar Limbu celebrated his 100th appearance for the national side, marking a remarkable milestone in his career. ANFA General Secretary Kiran Rai and Ex-Co member Bikash Narayan Shrestha honored Limbu with a special memento to commemorate the occasion.

Head coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese had handed over the captain's armband to Chemjong on his special appearance.

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