10th March 2012
AFC Challenge Cup 2012 Finals
Nepal 0-1 Maldives
Its unfortunate for me to write and Nepalese fans to read this article. Yes! Nepal are technically out of the AFC Challenge Cup. Nepal lost their both starting matches first against Palestine and now against Maldives. And shockingly enough both oppositions are ranked below Nepal in the FIFA Rankings.
Yet another statistics is Nepal didn't score a single goal. Are we running out of strikers? Is the era of new strikers comparable with Hari Khadka, Nirajan Rayamajhi and Ganesh Thapa are over?
If you are reading this... unfortuanately YES!
Nepalese fans have adulterated the players those could not deliver the results. Nepal's final game will only be a formality and most unfortunate would be the AFC Challenge Cup hosting. ANFA would have to face consequences as it seems unlikely that fans would turn out like they did in both of Nepal's matches. Nepal's performance has vained all the ANFA investment and preparations to bring Asian competition to Nepal.
Okay! What was in stake if Nepal had gone all the way through and went the championship? Many may not have known but AFC Challenge Cup champions are directly Qualified to Asia's Premier competition, the AFC Asian Cup in Australia.
Nepal had to win both matches to secure place in semis but they sit bottom of the group without scoring a single goal, without yielding a single point and without registering a moment of cheer for Nepalese fans. This has been the ultimate disappointment for Nepalese football fans and Nepalese football history.
Images: Shabda Shrestha