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Karma Sherpa elected as ANFA President

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KATHMANDU — Karma Tshering Sherpa has been elected as the President of All Nepal Football Federation (ANFA) on Ssaturday defeaying his rival Mani Kunwar by of 51 votes.

Sherpa garnered 63 votes while his rival Presidential candidate Mani Kunwar, who had announced not to take part in the elections got only 12 votes. A total of 76 votes were cast and one was invalid in the elections held in Sanepa, Lalitpur.

The 16th General Convention in Lalitpur also elected a new working committee of country’s footballing body. Representatives from 75 districts had taken part in the convention.

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Pankaj Bikram Nembang, Bir Bahadur Khadka, Krishna Bahadur Thapa and Upendra Man Singh of Sherpa panel have been elected as Vice-presidents. Altogether nine candidates had vied for the posts of Vice-presidents.

Similarly, Dawa Lama, Niroj Khadgi, Rabindra Nath Shrestha, Madhu Sudan Upadhyay, Purnaman Chitrakar, Pradesh Singh Rathaur, Dinesh Byanjankar, Dirgha Bahadur KC, Kiran Rai, Bijay Ghale and Ratna Kumar Shrestha were elected as members.

Pema Lama was already elected as a member unopposed under the women’s quota.

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France beats Croatia 4-2 to clinch 2nd World Cup title

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MOSCOW — France has clinched its second FIFA World Cup title after beating Croatia 4-2 in the finals in Moscow on Sunday in the highest-scoring final since 1966.

France led 2-1 at halftime courtesy of the first own-goal and the first video-reviewed penalty in a World Cup final. The own-goal off the top of Mario Mandzukic’s head was the 12th of the tournament.

Argentine referee Nestor Pitana initially didn’t call the handball but awarded the spot kick after a video review – the first time in a World Cup final. Antoine Griezmann converted the penalty to put France back in front.

Croatia rallied to equalize with a terrific left-foot strike by Ivan Perisic; however France took the lead right back when Perisic handled the ball in his own penalty area.

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The match was temporarily disrupted when four pitch invaders ran onto the field in the 52nd minute before being dragged away by security and police.

Punk rock group Pussy Riot quickly claimed responsibility for the pitch invasion via social media, saying it was a protest aimed at ending illegal arrests of protesters and to allow political competition in Russia.

Play resumed and France quickly took a 4-1 lead with goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe in the 59th and 65th minutes.

Croatia was playing in its first World Cup final. For France, it was a first World Cup crown since winning on home soil in 1998.

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