API Power Church Boys United are a win away from the title after Machhindra Football Club lost 2-1 to Nepal Police Club in the Martyr's Memorial A Division League 2023.
Machhindra have 39 points and are five points below leaders Church Boys with two games remaining. Police came from a goal down to defeat the defending champions and inflict a major blow to their title hopes.
Machhindra had taken the lead through Afeez Olawale Oladipo in the 25th minute but a brace from Moses Gyabaah Twum, first of which came in the 75th and second in the 83rd minute, gave Police the win at Chyasal Stadium. Police are fourth with 37 points.
Sankata Club moved five points clear of relegation zone and breathed a sigh of relief after a 3-0 defeat of FC Khumaltar, who are holed at the bottom of the points table and now require something very special to secure their top-flight status.
In the match at ANFA Complex, Nishan Khadka, Ayush Ghalan and Chandan Kumar Das secured the win for Sankata. Khadka gave Sankata the lead in the 16th minute before Ghalan doubled it in the 38th. Das struck in the 79th minute of the game to secure the win.
Sankata have 30 points and are 11th while Khumaltar have 24 points.
Manang Marsyangdi Club shared points with relegation-threatened Friends Club after a 1-1 draw in the final game of the day at Dasharath Stadium. Nirajan Dhami headed Manang ahead in the 52nd minute of the game but a penalty four minutes from time by Amit Tamang ended the match goalless.
The match became tense after the final whistle as officials from Manang debated the decision to award the penalty for Friends Club.
The other game between New Road Team and Himalayan Sherpa Club ended 1-1. After a goalless first half at Dasharath Stadium, Diwash Urau gave Sherpa the lead in the 52nd minute before Dipesh Ale Magar levelled for NRT three minutes later. Sherpa have 31 points and lie seventh while NRT have 30 points are at 10th on the table.