Taplejung and home team Rautahat made winning starts on the first day of the U-17 'Because I am a Girl' Cup Football Tournament, jointly organized by the All Nepal Football Association and Plan International Nepal on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child.
In the match played at Chandanighapur on Saturday, Home Team Rautahat beat Morang 3-1, while Taplejug hammered Makwanpur 9-0.
Alisa Jimba opened the scoring for Rautahat with as early as in the fourth. But the home team's joy was short-lived as Saru Limbu cancelled the lead. Rauthat came back strongly in the second half as goal from Anjali Yonjon and Mithila Kunwar sealed the win for the home team.
Rautahat have their second Group A match against Banke on Oct. 15.
In the second match of the day, Taplejung hammered Makwanpur 9-0 with hat-trick from Kopila Tamang and Bimala Sherpa. Taplejung made their intention clear in the first half itself, scoring five goals. Kopila found the back of the net in the 18th, 64th, and 67th minutes, while Bimala found the target in the 16th, 21st, and 27th minutes. Anisha Thebe and Shrijana Shrestha were also in the score-sheet.
The tournament was opened by Mattias Bryneson , the country director of Plan International Nepal. Opening the tournament, Bryneson said that the tournament, organized on the occasion of International Day of the Girl Child, is a collective effort aimed at empowering girls and making sure we all invest more for the girls. General secretary of ANFA, Dhirendra Pradhan and Chair of Women's Football, Kalpana Piya Shrestha, were present in the opening ceremony.
A total of 12 teams from as many district are participating in the tournament that will run till Oct. 19. Sunday's fixture has Group-C teams Jhapa Vs Sarlahi and Group D teams Kathmandu Vs Bara.