Nepal defeat Bhutan for first win

Nepal defeated Bhutan to register their first win of the SAFF U-16 Women's Championship at ANFA Complex on Monday.

Nepal set the tone early in the match, scoring all three goals in the first half. Puja Giri opened the scoring for Nepal in the 14th minute, followed by Bhumika Budathoki doubling their advantage in the 18th minute. Gyanshu Dolma Lo extended Nepal's lead with a goal in the 31st minute, sealing the victory for her team.

With this crucial win, Nepal keeps their hopes alive to advance to the finals of the competition. The top two teams from the single round-robin format will secure a spot in the final showdown.

Nepal's next match will be against India in their final group match on Thursday.

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Bangladesh secures victory over Nepal in SAFF U-16 Women's Championship

Bangladesh emerged triumphant with a 2-0 win over Nepal in the SAFF U-16 Women's Championship at ANFA Complex in Satdobato on Saturday.

Sauravi Akanda Prity proved to be the difference-maker for Bangladesh, netting both goals in their victory. Prity opened the scoring in the 24th minute with a well-taken effort before doubling her tally from the penalty spot in the 31st minute.

Nepal will now look to bounce back as they prepare to face Bhutan in their upcoming match on Monday.

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ANFA Women's League Qualifiers to be held in Surkhet,

ANFA convened a crucial meeting on Monday to outline plans for the organization of the upcoming ANFA Women's League football competition.

The meeting, called to implement ANFA's annual calendar endorsed by the ANFA Ordinary Congress on February 24, drew the plans for the League, which will unfold in two phases: the Qualifiers and the main League.

The Qualifiers will be held in Surkhet district of Karnali Province from April 5 (Chaitra 23) with all seven provincial teams taking part in the competition and top three teams progressing to the League. While ANFA will organize and bear the accommodation and transportation cost of the competition, Karnali District Football Association and Surkhet District Football Association will co-host the event.

ANFA will also seek financial backing from Karnali Sports Development Council for the Qualifiers. The Council will also coordinate the competition.

ANFA will provide Rs 100,000 financial assistance to the provinces for necessary team preparation and selection. The main League will be held in May/June.

The meeting was attended by ANFA President Pankaj Bikram Nembang, Senior Vice President Bir Bahadur Khadka, General Secretary Kiran Rai, Ex-Co members Bikash Narayan Shrestha,  Sarila Shrestha Maleku, also the coordinator of Women's Committee, Pema Dolma Lama, Deputy General Secretary Arun Man Joshi and Vijay Ghale and CEO Indraman Tuladhar.

Similarly in another meeting, ANFA has announced plans to establish a Women's Youth Elite Academy at Chyasal Stadium in Chyasal as part of Mission FIFA Women's World Cup 2027/31.

Discussions centered around the operation of various football academies nationwide and decision was taken to accommodate 30 male players each in existing academies in Dharan, Butwal, and Batsala Devi Secondary School in Sisneri, Makwanpur. The women's academy in Rautahat will also host 30 U-14 women's players.

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National women's team return home, players to receive Rs 51k each

After their remarkable performance as runners-up in the WAFF Women's Championship in Saudi Arabia, members and officials of the national women's team returned home to a hero's welcome on Friday night at Tribhuvan International Airport.

Member of the House of Representatives and former State Minister for Health Dr. Toshima Karki, along with ANFA President Pankaj Bikram Nembang, Senior Vice President Bir Bahadur Khadka, General Secretary Kiran Rai, and Ex-Co members Purushottam Thapa and Tika Lama were among those present to extend their warmest congratulations to the team.

In recognition of their outstanding achievement, President Nembang announced a cash prize of Rs 51,000 for each player of the national team.

Nepal had eased through their way into the final which they lost to Jordan on penalties.

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