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Former footballer Mani Shah dies aged 51

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KATHMANDU — Nepal’s legendary footballer, a gold-medalist of 1993 SAFF Championship, Mani Bikram Shah has passed away while undergoing treatment at the Norvic International Hospital in Kathmandu on Monday. He was 51.

Shah died of liver failure around 5:42 pm this evening, according to the hopital.

Shah, who was brought to the hospital with chronic liver cirrhosis was admitted to the General Intensive Care Unit in the hospital, died of liver failure due to liver cirrhosis, the official said.

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Shah’s body will be kept at All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) complex on Tuesday for condolence offerings, according to the ANFA spokesperson.

The former football superstar of Nepal was working as a coach in recent times. He was also involved in hotel management.
Shah had represented Nepal for over a decade, from 1985 to 1998, after making his debut at the age of 18 in the second edition of South Asian Football Federation (SAFF).

He has a wife and a daughter.

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Olympic Women Football Qualifier: Nepal playing against Bangladesh today

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KATHMANDU— Nepal and Bangladesh are facing each other in the third game of the Olympic Women Football’s Asian qualifier today.

The match is taking place at 2:15 pm Nepali time at the Thunuwa stadium based in Yangon, Myanmar, All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) stated.

Today’s game is crucial for Nepal as it will decide whether Nepal qualifies for the second round football journey under this tournament or not.

Nepal was tied 1-1 with India in the first game and with Myanmar in the second game.

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Myanmar, which has four points, is in the first position and India with four points is in the second place of the tally. Bangladesh, which has not earned any points, is in the last position.

The game between India and Myanmar also holds significance for Nepal. The two countries are meeting in the second game today.

No matter whatever the result of the game between India and Myanmar, Nepal would enter the second leg if it is able to defeat Bangladesh in today’s match.

Eighteen teams are contesting in the first leg of the qualifier from Asia aiming for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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