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 Dahy programme at ANFA Complex in Satdobato on Wednesday.

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

Chief guest and member of House of Representatives and former State Minister for Health Dr Toshima Karki cut the cake to begin the celebrations. ANFA President Nembang handed over a token of love to chief guest Karki.

Giving a welcome speech, ANFA President Nembang said the upcoming Women's Olympic Football Asian Qualifiers matches in April was part of ANFA's long term plan to prioritize women's football in the country. Member of House of Representatives Dr Karki wished the team well in the upcoming tournament.

A cultural dance was also performed during the celebrations. Member of the national football team and U-17 national women's team played a friendly match on the occasions.

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Church Boys defeat FC Khumaltar; Three Star, Friends share points

Church Boys United defeated FC Khumaltar 3-1 in the Martyr's Memorial A Division League 2023 on Tuesday.

In the other match of the day, Three Star Club share points Friends Club in a tense match at Chyasal Stadium.

In the match played at ANFA Complex in Satdobato, forward Ashish Chapagain scored a brace in Church Boys win. He scored his first dinking the ball over Khumaltar's goalkeeper Dev Limbu after Padam Bhattarai's poor head back to his goalkeeper was met by Chapagain first.

Eris Bista doubled Church Boys lead after a defensive error by Khumaltar in the 18th. Messouke Oloumou hammered a powerful shot to pull one back for Khumaltar in the 40th before Chapagain scored his second in the 71st to complete the win.

In the match at Chyasal Stadium, Friends Club and Three Star Club shared points after a 3-3 draw. Martins Kayode Ajayi gave Three Star the lead in just the second minute before Kushal Phuyal levelled for Friends in the 15th. Three Star retook the lead in the 24th minute through Yogesh Gurung before Friends Club levelled again in the 43rd minute through Akhrorbek Uktamov.

Pradip Lamsal thought he had won the game in the 87th minute but an own goal from Anil Maharjan saw Friends level the game for the third time and share the points.

The game became tense in the 89th minute when Friends official Sajan Kumar Shrestha was shown a red card for foul-mouthing the match officials.

Nepal Police Club will play against Himalayan Sherpa Club in the first match at Chyasal Stadium at 2:30 pm. APF Club will take on Satdobato Youth Club at the same time in Dasharath Stadium while the third match of the day will be played between Manang Marsyangdi Club and Sankata Club at Dasharath Stadium at 5:30 pm.

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Final squad for SAFF U17 Women's Championship 2023 announced

The final squad of the U-17 national women's team for the SAFF U17 Women's Championship 2023 to be held in Bangladesh from March 20-31 has been announced.

Head coach Bhagawati Rana Magar announced her initial squad on Tuesday. Rana had led the U-15 national women's team to the historic title of SAFF U-15 Women's Championship held in Bangladesh.

South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) is staging the tournament under the UEFA Assist Programme.

An open selection was organized by ANFA from for five days on January 26, 27, 31 and February 1 and 2 at ANFA Complex to select players for the tournament.

Final squad

Goalkeepers: Sujata Tamang, Radhila Oli, Karun Budathoki

Defenders: Anjana Pun Magar, Prena Dolma Lama, Sita Rokaya, Amita Bhul, Simran Rai, Bipana Snehi, Renu Limbu Chabegu

Midfielders: Maya Maske, Dipa Magar, Sushila KC, Jhuma Bishwakarma, Sukriya Miya, Bhabana Pariyar, Punam Chemjong

Forwards: Dipa Rokaya, Barsha Oli, Senu Pariyar

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Jawalakhel stun Machhindra, Satdobato defeat NRT

Jawalakhel Youth Club (JYC) pulled off a stunning 3-1 victory over defending champions Machhindra Football Club 3-1 in the Martyr's Memorial A Division League 2023 on Sunday.

In the third match of the day at the Dasharath Stadium at 5:30 pm, MFC took the lead through Devendra Tamang's well-taken free-kick before Hishub Thapaliya levelled for JYC in the second half. An error by MFC's goalkeeper Bishal Shrestha gave JYC the lead four minutes later. Shrestha mistimed his shot shooting directly to Nokoto Synous Masoabi who taped the ball into the net. Simanta Thapa scored the team's third in the 71st minute to complete the upset.

In the first match played at Dasharath Stadium, Tribhuvan Army Football Club played a goalless draw against Sankata Club. The two sides shared points after failing convert any of their chances in the game.

Dipak Raj Singh Thakuri scored a brace as Satdobato Youth Club (SYC) defeated New Road Team (NRT) 2-1 at Chyasal Stadium in the first match of the day.

It was an evenly matched competition between the two sides where Thakuri gave SYC the lead in the  45th minute. Nicolas Serge Song levelled the score in the added time but Thakuri scored six minutes from time to secure the victory.

JYC's victory over MFC also concluded the first round of fixtures of the Martyr's Memorial A Division League 2023. The second round of matches will begin from Tuesday.

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