KATHMANDU — Nepal defeated rivals India 2-1 in the final of the twelfth South Asian Games at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium in Guwahati, India, on Monday ending 23-year wait for football gold.
The U-23 team of Nepal staged a heroic comeback in second half as it came from a goal deficit to beat India 2-1.
It is the second football title for Nepal within of a month. Earlier, the national football team had won Bangabandhu Gold Cup in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Prakash Budathoki and Nawayug Shrestha netted one goal each for the audiences to silence the noisy home supporters at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium.
Nepal suffered a difficulty in the 31st moment when Halicharan Narzary gave India a 1-0 lead through a penalty.
Nepal came back with retaliation after second half and set up their camp inside the Indian half. Their sustained pressure paid off in the 65th minute as Budhathoki levelled the scores with a well-drilled freekick from 25 yards, giving no chance to Indian goalkeeper Rehenesh TP.
With pressure building on the Indian defence, it was just a matter of when rather than if Nepal would take a lead. And the moment came in the 72nd when in form Nawayug Shrestha slotted home from close range after getting to the end of Budhathoki’s weighted cross.Follow @gorkhapost
Action should be taken against the corrupt : Prachand
LAHAN — CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that he is committed for not letting commission mongers and corrupt walk freely, stating development of the country is in a mess due to them.
“Development cannot be imagined without good governance. Action should be taken against the corrupt to maintain good governance. The government will take stern step for the same,” Dahal said while laying the foundation stone for upgrading task of East-West Postal Highway at Bariyarpatti of Siraha on Tuesday.
Saying political revolution has now completed, he expressed the view that Nepal would be made a prosperous country of the world within five to ten years with a new revolution of development.
Likewise, Dahal also said that the left alliance had assured people of good governance, stability, development and prosperity through its common manifesto and claimed that the incumbent government, which has garnered around two thirds majority, would fulfill people’s wish and aspiration.
Saying the plan of upgrading of postal highway, which is considered as a lifeline of Madhes, was forwarded during his term as the Prime Minister, he said upgrading of the postal highway would not be obstructed in any pretext.
Similarly, Minister for Physical Planning and Transport, Raghubir Mahaseth, said that all political parties should stand together for the development and prosperity of the country.
He also said that the government would take action against those contractors who failed to complete the construction task on deadline.
Likewise, Chief Minister of province no 2, Lalbabu Raut, expressed determination that the provincial government would present itself strongly to control corruption.Follow @gorkhapost