Three Star meets APF as league resumes

KATHMANDU, July 4: After a break of more than a week, Mega Three Star Club will resume its A division league campaign taking on Armed Police Force (APF) on Monday during day´s kick off while Friends Club will lock horns against another departmental team Nepal Army Club at the APF ground, Halchowk.

At the Dasharath Stadium, Swayambhu Club will face United Youth Club in the clash of relegation battlers. 

The league was halted for nine days to prepare for the first round of Asian Qualifiers for 2104 FIFA World Cup and the ground maintenance of Dasharath Stadium.

Three Star, the runner-up of last edition is in the third place with 28 points, seven points behind the leader Nepal Police Club and six points behind second-placed Manang Marshyangdi Club (MMC) with a match advantage over them.  

A victory over APF is likely to keep Three Star as a strong title contender while a defeat means the Patan based club is practically out from the title race.

"We must win all upcoming matches to keep the title hopes alive," Three Star coach Meghraj KC reiterated during post match conferences.

After making a nervy start with only seven points from initial five matches Three Star has won all the last seven matches in a row to present itself as title contender.

APF, which is in the 12th place with 12 points, will have home ground advantage. However, Three Star with high level of confidence is in no mood to underestimate the departmental opponents. "APF has young and talented players and we will play with full potential to beat them."

"The team´s ultimate target is to win the league as all the teams are yet to play four more matches and we have five," KC told Republica.

"Our target is to win every match we play and APF won´t be exception," the coach with an air of confidence said. "We have five players of the national squad and each member of the squad is fit."

APF, which recently played a goalless draw against the defending champion Police and squandered a 1-0 lead during the stoppage time against Army to remain satisfied for a 1-1 draw, will be looking for its fourth victory.

At the Dasharath Stadium, both the teams in relegation zones -- Swayambhu, which is third from the bottom with five points, and United, which is second from the bottom with three points -- will be playing for the victory in order to elevate their positions. However, a victory for both won´t be sufficient to lift them from the relegation zone.

Both the teams have come up with some foreign players in their attempt to avoid possible relegation.

In the day´s later match at Halchowk, the 10th placed Friends Club and the ninth placed Army will be looking forward to book a place in top eight positions. A victory for both will take them to top eight spot at least for 24 hours. Army has 19 points and Friends has 17 points while the eighth placed Bauddha FC has 20 points.

All the mid table teams are eying for a place in top eight positions to play in the National League.  

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