October 29, 2018 – Nepal lose 1-2 against 10-man Bangladesh side as they find Pakistan as their semifinal opponent in the ongoing SAFF U15 Championship that is being held in Kathmandu. Meanwhile, India defeated Bhutan 4-0 in the first match of the day as India secure semis berth. Midfielder PAUL SHUBHO opened the firing for India in the 4th minute while SUBBA KUSHANG increased India’s lead in the 66th minute. PAUL scored his second and teams third goal later in the 83rd minute and XALXO AMAN’s 90th minute strike sealed India’s victory. In the heated second match 10-man Bangladesh snatched a shocking win over Nepal. Bangladesh took the lead quick after the kick off through MD IBNE AHAD SAKIL (2’). Bangladesh turned to 10-man when their Goalkeeper MITUL MARMA was shown a straight red card for a deliberate foul to RAKESH BISHOWKARMA. It was the first sent off in the championship. JAAN LIMBU from the spot leveled the score in the 36th minute but MD PAJON HOWLADAR (46’) wrapped the up the victory one minute from the interval. Nepal tried to respond again into the match with several attempts but failed in each opportunity. “With the advantage of 10-men and with the ball we caused Bangladesh a lot of problems, created chances and looked dangerous but fail in capitalizing,” said Nepal Head Coach Sanoj Shrestha in the post match meeting. Likewise, Bangladesh head coach, Mostafa Anowar Parvez lauded his players. Parvez said, “The team was made more complicated with the red card, it seemed harsh. But, hats off to the players for victory, because Nepal is a good team. “ The semifinal matches will be held on November 1.
October 25, 2018 – Nepal thrashed Maldives 4-0 while Pakistan defeated India 2-1 in the opening day of the SAFF U-15 Championship 2018 held today at the ANFA Complex. JAAN LIMBU, NAMAS THAPA MAGAR, SASHANK BOHORA and DIPESH RAI scored a goal each in Nepal’s victory over Maldives. Jaan Limbu helped Nepal take a lead first in the 28th minute through spot kick. Nepal was awarded the chance after Maldives defender NABUHAN MOHAMED fouled Rakesh Bishowkarma inside the box. Namas Thapa Magar then doubled the lead in the 38th minute. Confident young Nepal team grew dominant in the second half as they added two more goals against the Islanders. Sashank Bohora (63’) and Dipesh Rai (70’) netted each in after the interval as they also add their names in the score sheets. ADNAN JUSTIN and WASIF scored in each half to give Pakistan a deserving win over arch rivals India in the first match of the day. Justin finished off well with 30 minutes in the clock, while THLACHEU VANLALRUATFELA pulled one back for India in the 53rd minute of the match. Wasif then secured the victory for Pakistan in the 85th minute when he fired past Indian goalkeeper IRENGAM SANTOSH SINGH from a narrow angle. MUDASSAR NAZAR turned provider for the super sub Wasif, who entered the field in the 84th minute replacing MOHIN AHMED. Commenting about the match, Nepal Head Coach Sanoj Shrestha said, “Wining is always the priority but we need to keep improving better performances in the next matches.” Likewise Maldives coach said he was satisfied with the performance of his team. “As this is the first international tournament of my boys, I am satisfied with the performance though the result did not favor us.”
24 October 2018 - The All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) and the Qatar Football Association (QFA) have signed a five year cooperation agreement today at the QFA head office Doha, Qatar. The agreement will help the two countries develop the sports and take bilateral relations to a new level. The deal was signed by Karma Tsering Sherpa, President of All Nepal Football Association, and Hamad Bin Khalifa Bin Ahmed Al-Tani, President of the Qatar Football Association. Under the agreement, the parties will give effect to their collaboration and cooperation through management and officials, technical experts, coaches, referees and players. The both Football Associations will also establish an exchange program whereby QFA personnel are provided access to the expertise, courses and facilities of the ANFA and where by ANFA personnel are provided access to expertise and facilities off the QFA. The exchanges will include: 1) General Management 2) Management 3) Marketing 4) Promotional Activity 5) Sports Facilities 6) Study and Research 7) Technical and conditioning coaching 8) Referees 9) Football management and technical direction 10) Game development and talented player development 11) Women’s Football 12) Youth Football 13) Futsal 14) Sports Science, referring to football 15) Sports Medicine, referring to football 16) Research on football matters 17) Rules and Regulations The agreement also strengthens the commitment to the National Team Competitions. The FA’s will corporate each other to play international friendlies between their respective national teams. “We are proud to work with Qatar Football Association and I am very sure this will be a fruitful partnership,” ANFA President said after signing the agreement. President Karma Tsering Sherpa and League Committee Coordinator Bigyan Raj Sharma had left for Qatar on 22 October.
23 October 2018 - The All Nepal Football Association is all set to host the SAFF U15 Championship 2018 from 25th October at the ANFA Complex, Satdobato. In the championship, host Nepal is drawn in Group 'A" along with Bangladesh and Maldives while Group 'B' consists of India, Bhutan and Pakistan. After Sri Lanka withdrew their participation from the tournament, six South Asian nations will now compete in the championship. The group winner and runners-up from the pools will qualify for semi-finals to be played at the ANFA Complex. The visiting four teams have already arrived in Kathmandu while neighboring India will arrive on 24th October. The total estimated budget of the championship is Rs. 16.5 million. Coach Sanoj Shrestha is taking the charge of the youth team while Mrigendra Mishra is his assistant. Manish Timilsina is the goalkeeping coach of the team. The event is also taken as a warm-up for the AFC U16 Championship Qualifiers. The ticket price is set for Rs. 500 and Rs. 200 for the VIP and open parapet respectively.
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