- Published on Saturday, 29 August 2015 19:24
Nepal defeated India in tiebreaker to win the first edition of SAFF Under-19 Championship at ANFA Complex grounds, Lalitpur on Saturday.
This is Nepal's first ever trophy in the age-group tournaments and first by any team in 22 years. Nepal's national team had won the South Asian Games in 1993.
Hemant Thapa Magar, Sunil Bal, Biswas Shrestha, Anjan Thapa and Ananta Tamang converted their spot kicks after goalkeeper Sojit Gurung saved the first shot by Indian forward Moinuddin to lead Nepal to 5-4 victory in penalty shootout. The regular time had ended in 1-1 draw.
This is a sweet revenge for Nepal against the neighbouring India who had beaten Nepal three times –twice in finals and once in semifinal– in Under-16 tournaments.
The government has announced Rs 100,000 each to the team members as cash rewards for winning the regional tournament.
With Tej Tamang making breakthrough in 31st minute, Nepal were leading till 87th minute when India earned a spot kick after defender Dinesh Rajbanshi handled the ball in the penalty box. India's Shahbaaz cashed in on the opportunity and equalised the scores.
Skipper Bimal Gharti Magari, who is also a regular member of the national team, expressed happiness over the performance by the Under-19 team. "We have created history," he said.
If the government and ANFA continued supporting the youth team, he added, "Then we can do something in South Asia."
Nepal had opened the campaign with a 3-1 victory over Bhutan before beating Bangladesh 2-1 in the group stage and defeated Afghanistan 3-2 in the semi-finals. India had made it to the final without conceding any goal. India beat Afghanistan 2-0 and edged Maldives 3-0 in group stage before edging past Bangladesh in sudden death to make it to the final.
- Published on Friday, 28 August 2015 21:54
Nepal will take on India in the finals of the First SAFF U19 Championship 2015 at the ANFA Complex on Saturday hoping to keep the title home.
Both the teams had advanced as group winners with two wins out of two. Nepal defeated Afghanistan by 3-2 in the semifinal while India edged past Bangladesh by 4-2 on penalties after the regulation time ended goalless.
India are yet to concede a goal in the tournament and have scored 5 goals in the tournament while Nepal have failed to register a clean sheet in any of the matches conceding four goals and scoring 8 goals in return.
As per the words of Balgopal Maharjan, Nepal is eager to avenge the defeats suffered against Indian in the previous age group tournaments. "We avenged our losses against Afghanistan by senior and U23 team and now we are eyeing to keep the title home by beating India. Our team is capable of doing so and we'll give our best to make it true," Maharjan said adding that the team had found their rhythm and eager to reproduce that form in the finals.
He also revealed that defender Gaurav Budhathoki will miss the final and the team will have to make an enforced change. Apart from that, the coach said there might be one or two changes looking at the shape of the team required.
Indian coach Syed Sabir Pasha was optimistic about winning the championship. "Our team here is second fiddle to the one participating in ACT, so the boys here have a place to prove their worth and make it to the other team to play in AFC Qualifier. The team is all set for the final and despite the strongest challenge from Nepalese team, we are hoping to take the title away," Pasha added.
He also said that the team will have to be at their best to stop attacking force like Nepal but they have tactics to do just that.
- Published on Thursday, 06 August 2015 14:43
Nepal U-16 football team has left for Bangladesh for the SAFF U-16 Championship on Thursday.
The tournament is scheduled to be played in Sylhet, Bangladesh from 9 to 18 of this month.
President of All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) bade farewell to the 23-men squad amidst a program organized at the ANFA Complex this morning.
Along with Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Afghanistan are competing in the championship.
Nepal has been featured in Group B along with Afghanistan and Maldives while India, host Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Group A.
Nepal is scheduled to play its first match against Maldives on August 10 and second match against Afghanistan on August 14.
Nepal had organized its first two editions of tournament in 2011 and in 2013 in Kathmandu where Nepal had finished third in 2011 and second in 2013.
Squad of 23 players:
Goalkeepers: Arpan Karki, Akash Ranabhat, Sandesh Gurung
Defeders: Roman Limbu, Laxman Pariyar, Rajan Gurung, Pawan Karki (VC), Anosh Magar, Suman Aryal, Aashish KC.
Midfielders: Abhishek Rijal, Dewas Urau, Manish Karki ©, Sesehang Angdembe, Anil Maharjan, Bikash Ale, Ashok Thapa.
Forwards: Rajiv Lopchan, Rejin Subba, Dinesh Henjan, Prezen Tamang, Rajesh Pariyar, Kshitiz Raj G.T.
Head coach: Upendra Man Singh.
Coach: Rajesh Manandhar.
Manager: Madhusudhan Upadhyay.
- Published on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 23:51
Nepal's U-12 football team left for Anseong, Gyendoggi-do of South Korea on Wednesday to participate in Asian Football Festa to be held there from August 7-10. The 14-member Nepali team includes 12 player and two officials.
Dipesh Gurung, Ayush Ghalani, Managya Nakarmi, Hardik Paudyal, Pradip Lamsal, Kushal Pariyar, Sanjok KC, Sandesh Devkota, Youba Raj Thapa Magar, Abhinab Thapa, Natra Bahadur Karki and Nitesh Singh Bam.
Devendra Jung Shahi has been assigned the responsibility of team manager and Yam Prasad Gurung is coach of the team.
- Published on Wednesday, 08 July 2015 16:57
July 8, 2015 – The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) U-16 Championship will be held in Sylhet, Bangladesh from Aug. 7- 16, the SAFF confirmed through a circular on Wednesday.
The ANFA Academy U-16 that was finalized on July 3 will be representing the country in the championship. There are a total of 31 players in the U-16 section.
The selection process started from early April but the final selection phase was postponed due to the earthquake on April 25. Some of the U-14 players, who took part in recently held AFC U-14 Regional Festival of Football in Tajikistan, have been included in U-16 Academy.
All the member assocatios of the SAFF will be competing in the championnship.
The ANFA Academy U-16 players are:
Anos Thapa Magar
Sesesang Angdenday Limbu