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  • 2018-11-14

Nepal enters second round

Bangladesh ended their Group C campaign with 1-1 draw against Nepal, courtesy of Akhi Khatun’s goal in added time.

Nepal went into the match looking for a win, as it would place them in contention for a top two finish and took the lead through Niru Thapa in the 16th minute.



However, a 93rd minute effort from Khatun resulted in Nepal finishing third but much to their delight, they too advanced to the second round of the Qualifiers as one of the two best third-placed teams.



The second round of the Qualifier is scheduled for April next year. The 10 teams from Qualifier 1 will join Uzbekistan and Vietnam in the Qualifier 2. The 12 teams will then be divided into three groups of four, with the winner of each group progressing to Round 3, which is set 



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  • 2018-11-03

Bangladesh clinch U15 title

November 3, 2018 - Bangladesh defeated Pakistan 3-2 on penalty shootout as they lift the title of the SAFF U15 Championship 2018 at the ANFA Complex, Satdobato today. The match was decided through spot kick after the both teams played a 1-1 draw till the regulation time. Pakistan Skipper HASEEB AHMED KHAN in 25th minute scored into own post as Bangladesh took the lead. Pakistan found a leveler in the 55th minute through MOHOB ULLAH. ULLAH converted a spot kick chance awarded after Bangaldesh defender pulled down Pakistani player inside the box. Meanwhile, India finished the championship in third position after they registered a 1-0 win over hosts Nepal in the early third place match of the day. THLACHEU VANLALRUATFELA scored the winner for India in the 18th minute. MD NIHAT JAMAN UCCHASH was awarded the highest scorer of the championship while Pakistani Skipper HASEEB AHMED KHAN was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. UCCHASH scored four goals in total in the championship.

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  • 2018-11-01

Bangladesh, Pakistan to vie for the title

November 1, 2018 – Pakistan ousted Nepal 4-0 in the semifinal of the ongoing SAFF U15 Championship to set final date with Bangladesh in the SAFF U15 Championship 2018 held at ANFA Complex today. Bangladesh in the first semifinal match of the day sidelined India 4-2 on penalty shoot. Substitute MD ASHIKUR RAHMAN netted a fortunate late leveler for Bangladesh in a 1-1 regulation time draw against India. PATRE HARSH SHAILESH had put India into a first half lead. Team India was inspired by SHAILESH’s 17th minute 35 yard long ranger screamer. Bangladesh dominated the second half but could not find a way through a brave India defensive performance until the injury minutes. RAHMAN scored through penalty in stoppage time as Bangladesh came from behind to push the match into spot kick battle. In the penalty shootout, Bangladesh dramatically defeated India 4-2 as they enter the finals of the championship. Likewise in the other semifinal match, Pakistan defeated Nepal 4-0. Nepal defender JAAN LIMBU gifted Nepal with an own goal helped Pakistan lead in the match. LIMBU in the 54th minute directed the ball into the own post while blocking the cross of IFTIKHAR AHMED. MOHIB ULLAH scored two goals in 60th and 69th minute through penalty while MOIN AHMED in the 77th minute confirmed Pakistan’s spot in final against Bangladesh. Nepal was reduced to 10-man after JAAN LIMBU was flashed with red card for obvious tackle on goal to IFTIKHAR AHMED in the 58th minute.

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  • 2018-10-29

Nepal to meet Pakistan in semis

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.

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  • 2018-10-25

Nepal, Pakistan start with win

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.”

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  • 2018-09-08

Nepal enters semi final thrashing hosts Bangladesh

Nepal booked their place in the SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018 semi-finals for the fourth time in almost five years after Bimal Gharti Magar and Nawayug Shrestha forced a 2-0 win over hosts Bangladesh in the Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka on Saturday. Nepal had a hard opening despite the started carving out some sensational chances. Nepal was inspired by suitably turned out Nepalese fans at the stadium. The energizing match had seen both the teams dominating the field equally but could not make the most opportunities. Bimal Gharti Magar kept pressure on Bangladesh, burying a free kick from the top of the post by sneaking it under the goalie Md Sahidul Alam in the 33rd minute. Nawayug Shrestha guided Nepal a 2-0 win scoring in the 90th minute.

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Nepal lose SAFF Semifinal against Maldives

In a surprising turn of events, the Maldives, who hadnt scored a goal until this game, put three past Nepal in the first semi-final of the SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018 to take the side to its first final since 2009.Nepal came into this game with some confidence after they topped Group A with two convincing wins over Bhutan and Bangladesh. Meanwhile, their opponents of the night, Maldives, needed some luck to get to the semi-final. The side was tied with Sri Lanka in the second place on every parameter and it took winning a toss, to take Petar Segrts team to the semi-final. Maldives dominated proceedings immediately and captain Akram Abdul Ghanee scored from a free-kick in the eighth minute of the game. Heavy rains, accompanied by thunderstorm and lightning forced a halt in play in the 27th minute. The game resumed after almost 30 minutes and the two sides made sure no intensity was lost after the forced break. Despite coming close a few times, Nepal were unable to penetrate the Maldives defence and Mohamed Faisal, who has enjoyed a wonderful tournament so far, was once again on top of his game between the sticks.Trying to chase a goal late into the game, Nepal were caught by a swift Maldivian counter-attack in the 84th minute and Ibrahim Waheed Hassan made no mistake and slotted the ball to the bottom right corner from the centre. Hassan struck again in the 86th minute to make sure any hope for a dramatic comeback by Nepal was put to rest. Acknowledging his mistakes, Nepal coach Bal Gopal Maharjan said after the game, We played very well. The weather was, of course, an issue but unfortunately, my tactics and substitutions were not effective. I am satisfied with my sides performance. I told my team, it does not matter how reached the semi-final. You must reach the finals no matter what. I told my players today as well, we will win this game and we will score goals, and we did it. But big compliment to Nepal, they were a very strong opponent, said the delighted Petar Segrt after the game.

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Preparation complete for AFC U-16 Womens Championship 2019 Qualifiers

The All Nepal Football Association ,ANFA, is all set to host the Group E matches of AFC U-16 Womens Championship 2019 Qualifiers at the APF ground, Halchowk from Wednesday. Group E hosts Nepal are grouped with Philippines, Myanmar and Malaysia. In the opening day, Myanmar will take on Malaysia at 11:30 AM while Nepal will play against Philippines at 3:30 PM. The top two teams from each group will advance to Finals in 2019 which will be held in Thailand. The ticket price for the qualifier is set for Rs. 200 for each ticket while fans can also book and buy the tickets paying online through E-Sewa. The total estimated budget of the qualifier is Rs. 1, 35, 00,000. Likewise, the Asian Football Confederation ,AFC, will assist ANFA financially with US, 20,000 for the tournament.

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