March 8, 2017 - The All Nepal Football Association marked the AFC Women’s Football Day by organizing various programs at the ANFA Complex on Wednesday.
The AFC Women’s Football Day, which coincides with the International Women’s Day, is an annual event in the AFC calendar.
This year a total of 30 member associations of the AFC marked the occasion with festivals, tournaments, workshops, skills clinics and seminars involving children and adults, women’s national team players and other women’s football role models.
Children from 25 schools (eight from each school) enthusiastically attended the program by actively participating in various football drills taught by senior coaches of the ANFA. A friendly football match of 30-minute duration between the current Nepal national team players was also held.
Cultural and aerobic dances by children from Akshyara School and MK Singh Memorial School dazzled the audiences with their well synchronized performances.
Speaking at the inauguration of the program, ANFA President Narendra Shrestha vowed to organize more women’s tournaments and activities to strengthen women’s football in Nepal.
“ In this year’s Women’s SAFF Championship we saw our team put a strong fight against regional giants India. It proves that if we put a little more effort than we will be able to overcome that hurdle and perhaps establish over selves as a force to reckon with in Asia,” he said.
ANFA Women’s Committee Chairperson Kalpana Shrestha seconded President Narendra Shrestha saying that the ANFA was committed towards developing the women’s game by involving more women in the sport. She also spoke about the association’s plan to establish training centres in potential districts of Terai.
Lastly, AFC Development Officer Yogesh Desai, who is here for the League Development Program, extended his best wishes to the ANFA to work more towards developing the game so that the country can establish itself as a strong contender in Asia.