In a recent update, Nepal bagged another victory in the form of ongoing fifth SAFF Women’s Championship campaign.
Nepali SAFF team made a winning start with 3-0 win against Bhutan in the first match of the SAFF Women’s Championship held at the Shahid Rangashala in Biratnagar on March 12, 2019.
Nepal began to take on the opponents right from the start with the first scoring by Midfielder Yonjan at the at 13th minute.
Striker Bhandari later picked up the pace and scored 2-0 later. This gave 23rd international goal for Bhandari making her stand third among the all-time highest scorers behind Anu Lama (35) and Jamuna Gurung (25).
The third goal for Nepali team came at the 55th minute with Skipper Thapa making a finishing shot.
“We did not get the score as expected. We had expected to score at least six goals against Bhutan. Although we created frequent scoring chances, we failed to make full use of them,” Nepal’s head coach Hari Khadka said in a statement.
Rekha Paudel made her international debut in the Nepali team with the Tuesday’s match.
It is noteworthy Nepal had performed in a much better way against Bhutan in earlier matches. The team registered 8-0 win twice against Bhutan in the group stages in 2014 and 2016 editions of the SAFF tournament.
This win pushed Nepali team a step ahead in the semi-finals from the three-team ‘Group A’ alongside Bangladesh.
Now, Nepal is scheduled to take on Bangladesh on March 16, 2019. But prior to that Bangladesh will play a match with Bhutan on March 14, 2019.
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