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Nepal play 1 equal with Laos in friendly match

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KATHMANDU — Nepal played a 1-1 draw against Laos, in their international friendly football match at Vientiane of Laos on Sunday.

Bishal Rai scored first goal in the 78th minute leading Nepal ahead but could not protect it in the face of the hosts for more than one minute. The hosts made the equal in the 79th minute.

Anil Gurung had taken over the armband from Biraj Maharjan after missing out in couple of international tournaments this time. He, however, was not included in the Starting XI.

The match was Nepal’s first match under the coaching of Japan’s Koji Gyotoku.

Laos are at the 176th position in the FIFA world ranking, just four positions ahead of Nepal.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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