Only 12 out of 18 A division teams are participating in the San Miguel A Division Knockout Football Tournament to begin from Monday.
Top Four teams of the first division league--Nepal Police Club, Three Star Club, New Road Team and Nepal Army Club--have avoided first phase match as ANFA, the organizers, seeded them.
Similarly, the winners of the Tuesday´s match to be held between Ranipokhari Corner Team (RCT) and Laxmi Hyundai Manang Marshyangid Club (MMC) will take on New Road Team (NRT) in quarterfinal to be held on September 25.
On Wednesday, APF Club of the Armed Police Force will play against Bansbari Club and the winner will take on Nabil Three Star Club. Similarly, Himalayan Sherpa will play against NIBL Friends Club and the winner will take on Army on Sept 27 in the quarterfinal.
The semifinals will be held on September 28 and 29 while the final will take place on October 4.
The winners and the runners up of the tournament will bag a purse of Rs 200,000 and Rs 100,000 respectively. Excluding the cash prize ANFA has expected the cost of the tournament to reach around Rs 800,000. Eighty percent of the proceeds to be collected from gate collection will be given to the team competing on the very day while 20 percent will be taken by ANFA for the management. Money collected from the semifinals and onwards will be distributed equally among the clubs and ANFA.
San Miguel will provide Rs 500,000 as the sponsor of the tournament.