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
Advance booking open for Dashin
Kathmandu—Finally, Federation of Nepalese National transportation Entrepreneurs Association agrees to open pre-booking for Dashin after the government decided to increase public transport fares by 10 percent.
The federation was demanding to unfreeze their bank accounts and adjust the fares in view of rising fuel prices.
On Saturday after the agreement between the government and federation, the transportation entrepreneurs opened advance booking. Most of the counters set up banners announcing pre-booking for Dashin and many people were in que to book the ticket in advance.Follow @gorkhapost