• 2019-03-14

Bangladesh's second-half surges a key to semis

Yujal Shrestha, ANFA Media

March 14, 2019 (Biratnagar)- Bangladesh defeated Bhutan 2-0 as they success to enter semifinals of the SAFF Championship 2019 being held at the Sahid Rangashala, Biratnagar today.

Bangladesh had a knack for scoring as the second half surges a key to their victory.

After losing their first match against Nepal, Bhutan Women’s team defense rebounded in a big way against Bangladesh on Thursday.

Bhutan rejuvenated defense gave up a couple of huge plays to end up goalless first half.

Bangladesh were the better side in the match with an overwhelming possession and more shots on target, where Bhutan had to do a lot of defending.

Bhutan had few neat moves but lost the ball often while their goalie Sangita Mongar was busier than her Bangladeshi counterpart Rupna Chakma.

After their early defensive surge, however, cracks started to appear in the second half seeing Bangladesh open an account in the 46th minute.

Bangladesh drew their first blood when Most Mishrat Jahan Moushumi rose high to head in Monika Chakma’s corner kick.

The second goal for Bangladesh came in 85th minute with their Skipper Sabina Khatun.

The win for Bangladesh means, they now secure the semifinal berth with hosts Nepal from Group ‘A’.

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  • 2019-03-13

SANJU hit a brace as India thrashed Maldives 6-0

March 13, 2019 - SANJU hit a brace as India thrashed Maldives 6-0 at the Sahid Rangashala, Biratnagar in the SAFF Women’s Championship 2019.

India took just eight minutes to get going through Grace Dangmei.

Sandhiya Ranganathan, who was left unmarked inside the box found the net as she doubled the lead for India in the 13th minute.

The Indian team were irresistible and raced into a 4-0 lead after just 27 minutes.

Ratnabalo Devi (45+4’) tucked in a specular free kick as to give India a 5-0 lead till the half time, before Indumathi Kathiresan (22’) and SANJU (27’) had netted for India.

Maldives completely failed to cope with India’s attacking movement and passing’s while India relaxed with the margin.

In the second half, Maldives offered more fight but SANJU effectively killed the match in the 90th minute with her second and teams sixth goal.

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  • 2019-03-12

Nepal thrash Bhutan 3-0 to begin campaign

March 12, 2019 (Biratnagar) - Nepal defeated Bhutan by a comfortable margin of 3-0 in the opening match of the SAFF Women’s Championship 2019 at the Sahid Rangashala, Biratnagar on Tuesday.

A fairly dreary game was studded with some goals from Nepal as the hosts team grow on confidence taking heart from the victory. 

Manjali Kuamri Yonjan opened the scoring for Nepal after gracefully guiding Dipa Rai’s pass in the 13th minute of the match.

Sabitra Bhandari after three minutes doubled the lead for Nepal with her solo effort beating two Bhutanese defenders.

Bhutan strike line were awful as they completed toothless attack and failed to muster single shot on goal.

Skipper Niru Thapa scored the third in the 55th minute.

Commenting about the match, Bhutan women’s team head coach Sung Jea Lee said he was pleased with the performance of his players in the match.

“Nepal is a better side and they are one of the strong team in the championship." 

Likewise, Nepal head coach Hari Khadka admitted that his players failed to convert the chances tough they won the match.

“I am disappointed as my players failed to take couple of chances. We played well in secod half, we had few chances in first half but could not take them.” said Khadka. 

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  • 2019-03-08

ANFA signs with ICN and Mercy Crops

March 8, 2019 - The All Nepal Football Association today signed a memorandum of understanding with Improvement Company Nepal (ICN) and Mercy Crops for the development of Player registration and management application software system.

ANFA President Karma Tsering Sherpa, ICN CEO Rupesh Bhakta Shrestha and Mercy Crops Country Director Sanjay Dhoj Karki signed and exchanged the agreement paper amidst a program held in Lalitpur.

ICN, a software company has designed and developed a software to register players, coaches, referees and tournaments while Mercy Crops will witness the project and help and facilitate to implement and ensure the completion of the project for the benefit of Nepalese Football.

The duration of the contract is for four years.  

ANFA President Karma Tsering Sherpa said, “The ANFA is delighted to partner with ICN and Mercy Crops to promote Nepalese football digitally. The step is set for all-round development of football.”  

The cost of the tailor-made software is called Rs. 1 million.

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  • 2019-03-07

Head Coach Khadka names final squad for SAFF

March 7, 2019 - Nepal National Women’s Football Team head coach Hari Khadka has today finalized Nepal’s 20-player squad for the SAFF Women’s Championship 2019.  

Hari Khadka’s final 20- player selection features six members from Nepal U-19 team.

“I have been pleased with the efforts of all the players during the preparation camp in Itahari, Jhapa and Biratagar” said Hari Khadka.

“The step of selection process to final squad for SAFF has been difficult because the players have given their best to survive the cut throat competition.”

“I believe that the squad can make Nepal proud in the biggest biennial championship taking place here this time.” added Khadka.

The mega event is scheduled to kick off from March 12 in Biratnagar.

Nepal face Bhutan in the opening of the championship on March 12 at 15:00Hrs at Sahid Rangashala

Anu Lama (FW), Bimala Chaudhary (MF)and Sunita Chaudhary (DF), who were in the squad for the Hero Gold Cup Women’s International Tournament in India, have made their departure from the squad.


The Squads:

Goalkeepers: Anjana Rana Magar, Usha Nath, Anjila Tumbapo Subba.

Defenders: Hira Kumari Bhujel, Gita Rana, Punam Jargha Magar, Amrita Jaishi, Kabita Dhimal, Puja Rana, Man Maya Limbu.

Midfielders: Anita Basnet, Dipa Rai, Manjali Kumari Yonjan, Sharmila Thapa, Saru Limbu, Renuka Nagarkote, Anita KC.

Forwards: Rekha  Poudel, Niru Thapa (C), Sabitra Bhandari.

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  • 2019-03-07

Two Friendly Lined up for Nepal Men's Team

7 March 2019 - The All Nepal Football Association can confirm that the Nepal National Men’s Football Team will play two-friendly matches against the national team of Kuwait and Malaysia.

Nepal will play against Kuwait on March 21 in Kuwait and will play against Malaysia five days later on March 26 in Malaysia.

It would be fifth and seventh time for Nepal to face Kuwait and Malaysia respectively.

Nepal’s newly appointed head coach Johan Kalin will soon finalized the squad for the friendlies

Head coach Kalin said: “As this is my first task, the two matches will be valuable match experience for me and the team. All young players (U-23) are in the preparatory camp for AFC U-23 Championship Thailand 2020 Qualifiers so there are some new faces in my team. It will be a test for us to see where we are at the moment. We expect two tough games.”  

The Swedish is assisted by Kiran Shrestha for building up the team for the matches.

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  • 2019-03-05

RCT clinch Martyr's Memorial 'B' Division title

Rani Pokhari Corner Team (RCT) won the Martyr’s Memorial ‘B’ Division League title defeating Shree Bhagwati Club 1-0 in their final match of the final round.

RCT was backed by Lokendra Bahadur Karki to give RCT a 1-0 win at the ANFA Complex, Satdobato.

Karki headed ball home in the 23rd minute on a Unam Budathoki’s corner kick.

RCT claimed the title with clear nine points in the super league. Shree Bhagwati Club with six points finished second.

Likewise, Tushal Yuba Club defeated Satdobato Youth 2-1 as they claim third position in the league.

The winner bagged Rs. 800, 000 while runner-up Shree Bhagwati Club received Rs. 500, 000.

Similarly, the third and the forth team were rewarded with Rs. 300, 000 and Rs. 200, 000 respectively.

The players from each best category also received Rs. 25,000 cash.

Birendra Limbu (Satdobato), Darshan Gurung (Shree Bhagwati), Lokendra Bahadur Karki (RCT), Binod Sodari (Tushal), Baiju Kapali (RCT) collected the prize each for Best forward, midfield, defense, goalkeeper and coach.  

Shree Kumari Club was then awarded the Fair Play Trophy. The team also received Rs. 25, 000.

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  • 2019-03-05

Martyr's Memorial 'C' Division League from March 6

Martyr’s Memorial ‘C’ Division League is all set to begin from March 6, 2019 at the ANFA Complex, Satdobato.

A total of 11 ‘C’ division clubs are participating in the league that will be played in round robin rule.

The teams are categorized in two groups. Group ‘A’ consists of Swoyambhu Club, Kshamadevi Planning Boys United, Oasis Club, Manohara Akikrit Youth Club, Sano Gaucharan Yuba Club and Samajik Yuba Club.

Likewise, Birgunj Youth Academy, Khalibari Yuba Football Club, Mahabir Studies and Athletics Association, Sanepa Club and Samaj Kalyan Khelkud Kendra Club are in Group ‘B’.

Top two teams from each group will qualify for final round.

Meanwhile, the points from the group stage will not be counted in the final round.   

The champion will take Rs. 500,000 while the runner-up will be awarded with Rs. 300,000.

Similarly, the third and the fourth team will bag Rs. 200,000 and Rs. 100,000 respectively.

In the opening day, Khalibari Yuba Club will take on Samaj Kalyan at 12:45 PM while Mahabir Studies & Athletics Association will play Sanepa Club at 3:45 PM.

The total estimated budget of the league is 10 million.

The bottom two teams (one from each group) will be penalized with one point in next league. Also, the FA will deduct Rs. 50, 000 of money from the preparation money. 

The best players in various positions and coach will get Rs 25,000 each.

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