Nepal's SAFF U-16 Women's Championship run ends with disappointing defeat

Nepal's campaign in the SAFF U-16 Women's Championship concluded with a disappointing 10-0 loss against India on Thursday.

India dominated the match, with players like Pearl Fernandes and Gurleen Kaur Sidhu securing braces, while Anita Dungdung, Anushka Kumari, Bonifilia Shullai, Gurnaz Kaur, and Rheanna Liz Jacob also found the net. Min Maya Shrestha scored an unfortunate own goal for Nepal.

Nepal had lost to Bangladesh before defeating Bhutan in the previous two games.

India's victory secures their spot in the finals against Bangladesh on Sunday, while Bangladesh will face Bhutan in their final group match.

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ANFA marks International Women's Day with AFC Women's Football Day program

All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) marked International Women's Day with AFC Women's Football Day programme at St Xavier's football ground in Jawalakhel on Friday. The event was moved to Jawalakhel due to the ongoing SAFF U-16 Women's Championship match at ANFA Complex in Satdobato.

The programme was chaired by ANFA President Pankaj Bikram Nembang and coordinated by Women's committee Coordinator Sarila Shrestha Maleku.

The event was marked with cultural dance, Zumba dance and a friendly football match.

ANFA President Nembang, Treasurer Rabindra Joshi, Ex-Co member and member of ANFA Women's Committee and AFC Women's Committee Maleku, among others, released ballons to begin the celebrations.

Members of Alive Fitness and Yoga Center performed a Zumba dance along with students from various schools in the programme.

ANFA President Nembang, Former national women's team captain Rama Singh addressed the programme.

ANFA also felicitated coach Ganga Gurung, former FIFA referee Asmita Manandhar and former player Niru Thapa during the occasion. ANFA staff Goma Mizar and Saraswati Pakhrin, who have been working in ANFA for the past 25 and 23 year were also felicitated for their contributions.

Members of the national women's team, national U-16 women's team and students from various schools attended the programme.

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Bangladesh secure SAFF U-16 Women's Championship with India win

Bangladesh defeated India 3-1 and secured a place in the finals of the SAFF U-16 Women's Championship on Tuesday.

The other finalists of the competition will be decided by the Nepal vs India match on Thursday afternoon.  

Two late goals saw Bangladesh fend off India for the place in the finals.

Alpi Akter gave Bangladesh the lead in the ninth minute of the match before India equalized through Anushka Kumari in the 55th minute.

Bangladesh restored their lead through Sauravi Akanda Prity in the 78th before Arpita Biswas sealed the victory one minute from time.

Undefeated Bangladesh play their final group match against winless and goalless Bhutan on March 8.

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ANFA Referee Course 2024 begins in Jumla

The ANFA Referee Course 2024 Category 4 has begun in Jumla from Monday.

Thirty-six participants, 33 men and three women, are taking part in the course organized by Jumla District Football Association with technical support from All Nepal Football Association.

Member of Federal Parliament Kantika Sejuwal was the chief guest of the opening ceremony while ANFA Ex-Co member and President of Jumla District Football Association Bharat Budh Thapa presided the ceremony.

The seven-day course will conclude on March 9.

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