Football team of Nepali expatriates recently booked its place in the semi-final of Sixth Asian Non-Resident Football Tournament after beating Sri Lanka 2-0 in a match held in Sports Stadium. Shiva Shrestha and Rakesh Saapkota scored the goals for Nepal.
There was no goal in the first half of the match. In the 6th minute of second half, Shiva Shrestha scored the first goal. The second came in the 19th minute when Rakesh Saapkota put the ball in the net. Nepali skipper Shiva Shrestha was given the man of the match award.
Nepal will play the semi-final on March 22 against the winners of a match that is yet to take place between Lebanon and Bangladesh. “The semi-final is crucial for us. This season we are eyeing the trophy,” said, Sanjeev Ranabhat, Chairperson of Nepali football team.
— Text and photo by Usha Wagle Gautam
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