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
Hoteliers asked to be sensitive against GBV
KATHMANDU- Stakeholders have called upon the hoteliers to remain more sensitive in order to reduce the gender-based violence (GBV) taking place in hotel sector.
During an interaction programme in Tarakeshwor Municipality in the capital city on Saturday, the speakers said that the hoteliers are expected to become more aware since more cases of rapes and violence against women take place in the hotels.
A large number of hoteliers attended the interaction programme organized as a part of the 16-day campaign against GBV.
On the occasion, lawmaker of Kathmandu Constituency No. 7 Ram Bir Manandhar said that partnership among all was needed to end GBV and argued that social networking sites were responsible for the increased cases of GBV in the recent times.
Likewise, Mayor of Tarakeshwor Municipality Rameshwor Bohora pointed out the need for cooperation with the police administration as well as massive public awareness programmes to end such ill practices rampant in the hotel business.
Also speaking at the programme, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Balaju Metropolitan Police Circle Chiranjivi Koirala urged the hoteliers to keep the details of every new entrant in the hotels since hotels are used for the purpose of women’s trafficking.Follow @gorkhapost