Nepal’s SAG campaign catches spark after Lanka rout

Source: The Kathmandu Post

A day after the football men team’s bitter loss against the Maldives, the women’s football team have compensated for it by thrashing Sri Lanka 8-0 at the Banglabandhu Stadium on Tuesday.

Today’s win means Nepal inch closer to the finals with six points, ahead of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. India still remain the favourites having won all their matches. They face Nepal in their next Round Robin fixture. The top two teams play the finals.

Nepal Chief-de-mission Hari Babu Chaudhary, Nepal Olympic Committee General Secretary Jeewan Ram Shrestha and All Nepal Football Association president Ganesh Thapa all were elated with Nepal’s performance and wasted no time in congratulating the players and wishing them luck for their next big encounter.

Jamuna Gurung scored a hat-trick in today’s empathic win, hitting the back of the net on 46th, 57th and 62nd minute. The others on the mark were Anu Lama (33rd and 40th minutes), Sajana Rana (39th), Laxmi Paudel (82nd) and Ranjana Darji (83rd).

Nepal had such control of the game that their goalkeeper and the defenders remained mute spectators throughout. But contrary to what the score line suggested, Nepal struggled to find their rhythm in the first 10 minutes but once they did, they never turned back as they ended up scoring the highest number of goals in international football, both in men’s and women’s, categories in the history of Nepali football.

Nepal coach Dhurba K.C. was speechless after the win. He said that his girls made for the best outfit in the event.

“Going by today’s performance, I can count on my attacking frontline. But my defence line seems to be as strong,” said K.C.

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