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2024-02-16

ANFA bids farewell to Nepal women's team ahead of WAFF Women's Championship

All Nepal Football Association has bid farewell to the national women's team flying to Saudi Arabia for the WAFF Women's Championship.

The event, held at the ANFA Complex in Satdobato on Friday, was graced by the presence of ANFA President Pankaj Bikram Nembang, Senior Vice President Bir Bahadur Khadka, Vice President Birat Jung Shahi, General Secretary Kiran Rai, and several distinguished members of the executive committee including Sarila Shrestha Maleku, Pema Dolma Lama, Tika Lama, Manish Joshi, Bharat Budh Thapa, Anil Malla, Dipendra Dhimal and Spokesperson Suresh Shah.

The Championship in Saudi Arabia will be held from February 19-29. Nepal's Head Coach Rajendra Tamang has already announced his squad for the Championship.

Nepal have been drawn alongside Palestine, Syria and Iraq in Group B of the competition. Hosts Saudi Arabia, Guam, Lebanon and Jordan are in Group A.

Nepal will play their first match against Syria on February 20 followed by against Iraq on the 22nd. Nepal's third and final group match against Palestine will be played on February 24th.

The top two teams from each group will reach the semi-finals of the competition.

All the matches will be played at Hall Stadium in King Abdullah Sports City.

Final squad                                                                                                

Goalkeepers: Anjila Tumbapo Subba (C), Usha Nath, Anjana Rana Magar

Defenders: Gita Rana, Amrita Jaisi, Hira Kumari Bhujel, Bimala BK, Nisha Thokar, Samikshya Ghimire, Puja Rana, Sabina Chaudhary

Midfielders: Anita Basnet, Amisha Karki, Anita KC, Preeti Rai, Dipa Shahi, Bimala Chaudhary, Chandra Bhandari, Saraswati Hamal

Forwards: Sabitra Bhandari, Rekha Poudel, Rashmi Kumari Ghising, Sabita Rana Magar

Officials

Pema Dolma Lama (Head of Delegation), Sarila Shrestha Maleku (Team official), Rajendra Tamang (Head Coach), Kamala Rakhal (Assistant Coach), Shyam Manandhar (Assistant Coach), Ujjwal Manandhar (GK Coach), Bindra Dewan (Team Manager), Navina Shrestha (Physiotherapist)

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2024-02-12

Final squad for WAFF Women's Championship announced

Nepal's final squad for the WAFF Women's Championship in Saudi Arabia has been announced.

Head coach Rajendra Tamang named his 23-member squad on Monday.

The Championship in Saudi Arabia will be held from February 19-29.

Nepal have been drawn alongside Palestine, Syria and Iraq in Group B of the competition. Hosts Saudi Arabia, Guam, Lebanon and Jordan are in Group A.

Nepal's journey kicks off with a clash against Syria on February 20, followed by a showdown with Iraq on the 22nd. The team will conclude the group stage with the third match against Palestine on February 24th.

The top two teams from each group will reach the semi-finals of the competition.

All the matches will be played at Hall Stadium in King Abdullah Sports City.

Final squad                                        

Goalkeepers: Anjila Tumbapo Subba (C), Usha Nath, Anjana Rana Magar

Defenders: Gita Rana, Amrita Jaisi, Hira Kumari Bhujel, Bimala BK, Nisha Thokar, Samikshya Ghimire, Puja Rana, Sabina Chaudhary

Midfielders: Anita Basnet, Amisha Karki, Anita KC, Preeti Rai, Dipa Shahi, Bimala Chaudhary, Chandra Bhandari, Saraswati Hamal

Forwards: Sabitra Bhandari, Rekha Poudel, Rashmi Kumari Ghising, Sabita Rana Magar

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2024-02-07

Machhindra Football Club clinches ANFA U-16 Youth League title in dramatic finish

Machhindra Football Club emerged victorious in a nail-biting finale, securing the title of the ANFA U-16 Youth League after a hard-fought 2-1 triumph over Tribhuvan Army Football Club in their last match.

Heading into the crucial fixture, table-toppers Machhindra knew they had to secure a victory to clinch the championship. Meanwhile, second-placed Sankata Club's title aspirations were dashed as they suffered a 6-2 defeat against Nepal Police Club, allowing APF Football Academy to overtake them for second place in the standings.

In a tense encounter, Dakshya Lama gave Army the lead in the 33rd minute, but Bhupendra Dharala equalized for Machhindra in the 51st minute. The match reached a fever pitch as Machhindra secured the win and the title with a dramatic penalty converted by Kabir Tamang in the fifth minute of added time.

Champions Machhindra won the cash prize of Rs 100,000 while APF collected Rs 50,000.

ANFA officials, including Vice President Deepak Khatiwada, General Secretary Kiran Rai, and Ex-Co member Bikash Narayan Shrestha, CEO Indraman Tuladhar, Spokesperson Suresh Shah presided over the award ceremony, presenting certificates and medals to the victorious Machhindra Football Club.

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2024-02-06

Nepal's Journey in SAFF U-19 Women's Championship ends after loss to India

Nepal's hopes in the SAFF U-19 Women's Championship were dashed after a challenging 4-0 defeat to India at the BSSSMK Stadium in Dhaka on Tuesday.

Needing a victory against India to advance to the finals, Nepal fought valiantly but ultimately fell short against a strong Indian side. With this win, India secures their place in the finals against Bangladesh on February 8.

In a tightly contested first half, Nepal managed to hold off India's attacks and keep the scoreline goalless. However, India found their rhythm in the second half, with Neha breaking the deadlock in the 54th minute.

Neha's second goal in the 81st minute extended India's lead, followed by Sulanjana Raul's strike in the 86th minute. Despite Nepal's late efforts, Cindy Colney sealed the victory for India with a goal in added time.

Nepal had bounced back with a 1-0 victory over Bhutan having lost their opening match against hosts Bangladesh.

(Photo courtesy: SAFF)

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