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Bangabandhu Gold Cup : Nepal beat Bahrain 3-0 in, win first int’l title after 23 years

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KATHMANDU — Nepal won first international title in 23 years, beating Bahrain U-23 team 3-0 in the final of Bangabandhu Gold Cup in Dhaka on Friday.

The victory has lifted the melancholy thrown by the inclusion of five national players including former captain Sagar Thapa in fixing matches, for which they were banned for life from football.

However, the final of the invitational tournament played at the Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka has not got international recognition from FIFA.

Bimal Gharti Magar, Bishal Rai and Nawayug Shrestha scored one each to guide Nepal to the tremendous victory at the Bangabandhu International Stadium.

Bimal Gharti Magar had made an early leap forward for Nepal in the fifth moment, while Bishal Rai multiplied the count on the 87th moment, using Anjan Bista’s pass.

Nawayug Shrestha, who scored hat-trick in the elimination rounds against Maldives, added the third goal in the first minute of the added five-minute stoppage time. Magar assisted Shrestha for the spectacular goal on a header.

Both Nepal and Bahrain were restricted to 10-man each in the 81st  minute as Nepal’s forward Suman Lama and Bahrain’s midfielder Ahmed Althuwani were booked after they got involved in a brawl.

Nepal’s goalkeeper Bikesh Kuthu, who conceded only one goal in the entire tournament, saved some good attacks by Bahrain lads. Altogether Nepal scored eight goals in the tournament.

Shrestha was the highest scorer of the tournament with four goals in his credit. He was awarded the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Magar was awarded the Man of the Final.

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Speaking at the award ceremony, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed congratulated the Nepal team.

She handed over cheque worth USD 50,000 to the Nepal team’s manager and USD 25,000 to the Bahrain team manager, and distributed medals to the players and officials.

Nepal had won the South Asian Games at the same stadium in 1993 in Raju Shakya’s captaincy while the present coach Bal Gopal Maharjan was a member from the winning team.

Bangabandhu Gold Cup : Nepal beat Bahrain 3-0 in, win first int'l title after 23 years

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Massive fire destroys entire settlement at Madhuban in Sunsari





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ITAHARI — A massive fire that broke out at Ikrahi settlement at Baraha Kshetra Municipality-11 here Saturday night has destroyed goods and property worth more than Rs 6 million. However, no human casualties have been reported in the incident so far.

The fire gutted around 82 shelters with corrugated zinc and straw roofs in the settlement, said Kedar Bista, the Baraha Kshetra Municipality Ward No 11 Chairman.

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He said it is estimated that goods and property worth more than 6 million rupees have been destroyed.

According to him, the entire settlement was destroyed and some children were also injured by fire. Two cattle heads were killed in the incident. It is not known how and from whose house the fire started.

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