Nepal thumped in opener

Kathmandu, 25 Oct 2009 - Nepal opened up their campaign of the AFC U-19 Group 'A' qualifiers on a bitter note going down 3-0 against Yemen at the Dashrath Stadium on Sunday.

An own goal from Ganesh Khadka put Yemen in front in the first half and a header from Al-Khamri Ahmed Sadeq Ahmed doubled the advantage for the visitors in the second half. Al-Worafi Essam Saleh Ahmed sealed the one-sided win for Yemen from a penalty.

Earlier in the day, Jordan and Tajikistan got off the mark, bagging three points at the Halchowk Stadium. Jordan downed Palestine 3-1 and Tajikistan routed their central Asian neighbour Kyrgyzstan 4-0.

The game was evenly matched until the first 40 minutes with both sides sharing equal amount of ball possession but all that changed when Khadka scored an own goal planting his header on the top corner from a free kick, leaving goalie Dinesh Thapa Magar helpless.

Nepal were constantly pushed back thereafter and Yemen got their reward after 53 minutes from Al-Khamri Ahmed Sadeq Ahmed header that was connected from a Al-Hubaishi Waleed Moha-mmed Hasan's free kick from just outside the penalty box. The home team still had hopes of reducing the deficit, but a penalty from Al-Worafi Essam Saleh Ahmed on 60 minutes ended any chances of a comeback for Nepal as miss passes and lack of ball possession ruined the home team's play. Ahmed converted the spot kick after his team Aiman Saleh Abdullah Al-Hagr — on a goal bound run — was fouled by defender Niraj Magar inside the penalty box.

Coach Raju Shakya tried desperately to pull a goal back sending in three strikers in the later stages of the game by substituting midfielder Rupesh K.C. for Bishal Rai, but even that failed to click.

Shakya fielded his fit-again striker Nirajan Malla, who had just recovered from an injury from the start. Malla tried his best but his striking partner Sujal Shrestha and

midfielders Ganesh Khadka, Jagjeet Shrestha and Rupesh K.C. could

not penetrate the defence and maintain ball


Shakya later said the team put a below par performance. “The match turned out to be something we had never expected. Our boys could not play well. But we will come out as a different team in the next games by learning from our mistakes.”


Jordan - 3, Palestine - 1

Tajikistan - 4, Kyrgyzstan - 0

Yemen - 3, Nepal - 0


Sthapa said...

Another tournament,another lackluster performance, another defeat.This, in fact, is the report card of our teams ranging from junior to senior in the last two months. It all started with the star -studded Three Star Club's first round exit at the Governor's Gold Cup in Sikkim, followed by the Under 16 AFC qualifier debacle. There was also setback for the Under-14 at the Subroto Cup in New Delhi,India. Despite registering a string of victories they failed to make it to the last four.
Now the focus is on the much hyped Under 19 at the ongoing AFC qualifiers in Kathmandu. Prediction of a good result floated by ANFA president Ganesh Thapa and coach Raju Shakya is now something of a misnomer given the fact that the team has got off to a disastrous start. Going by the team's performance indications are that it is destined towards a debacle.Hopefully I am wrong.
The justifiable anger demonstrated by a section of passionate spectators against ANFA, following Nepal's defeat in the opener is fully relevant. It is high time that the Sports Ministry and National Sports Council investigate ANFA for the poor results.By the way,where are our so called sports journalists who have shown no guts to criticize the irresponsible ANFA which is rapidly guiding Nepali football to the gutter.

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