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AFC U-23 Qualifiers: Nepal go down to Saudi

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KATHMANDU —

Nepal continued with its poor run in the AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers as it confronted third defeat consecutively after it was embarrassed 6-0 by Saudi Arabia on Sunday at the PAS Stadium in Tehran, Iran on Sunday.

Nepal yielded three goals each in either half against Saudi Arabia, which had played goalless attract against Afghanistan its second match. Five different players were on score-sheet for Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia, who are 81 spots in front of 180th positioned Nepal in the worldwide positioning, opened their record in the 22nd minute through Mustafa Albassas and caught up with a prop from Ahmed Essa Al Nathir in the 28th and 45th minute.

Albassas finished his twofold in the 64th minute and Mohammed Eidah Alsaiari and Saleh Alshehri netted one each in the 63rd and 85th moment which saw Saudi Arabia jump to top of the Group with seven points from three matches.

Nepal are at the bottom of the standings with their third continuous thrashing. Nepal had already lost 5-0 against Iran on March 23 and 2-0 against Afghanistan on March 25. Nepal play their last match against Palestine on Tuesday.

Main 10 Group winners and five best second-placed teams will join host Qatar in the AFC U-23 Championship in January next year.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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