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Raju Tamang bags Rs 2.5 million as best footballer of the Year 2072

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KATHMANDU — All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) on Tuesday honored Raju Tamang, Nepal’s national football team midfielder, with the Best Footballer of the Year for 2072 BS and cash prize of Rs 2.5 million.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli handed cheque over to the player amid a special function in Kathmandu.

The 33-year old, who plays local football from Tribhuvan Army Club, turned into the 6th player to receive the award after his predecessors Hari Khadka, Upendra Man Sing, Rakesh Shrestha, disgraced Sagar Thapa and Ritesh Thapa.

Raju made his debut for the national team against Bangladesh in 2005 SAFF Championship in Pakistan has netted two international goals. Before securing a place in the national squad as midfielder, Raju played in the AFC U-20 Championship in Bangladesh in 2003 and AFC Youth Championship in Malaysia the following year.

In previous years, ANFA had provided apartments to Best Footballers Rakesh Shrestha, Sagar Thapa and Ritesh Thapa.

Former goalkeeper and striker Upendra Man Singh and Hari Khadka were also awarded with a car each.

However, this time around, ANFA awarded cash prize to the title holder.

ANFA also felicited each member of the winning teams of the South Asian Games and Bangabandhu Gold Cup held in India and Bangladesh respectively Rs 1 million each.

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ICC WCL Div II: Nepal suffer 7 runs defeat

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KATHMANDU — Nepal suffered a seven runs defeat at the hands of UAE in the final of the ICC World Cricket League Division II at Windhoek, Namibia, on Thursday.

After being runner-up of the tournament, Nepal are now seeded in Group B along with the hosts Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Scotland and Hong Kong for the ICC World Cup Qualifier tournament to be held in Zimbabwe on March.

With the conclusion of the tournament, Nepal are also promoted to ICC World Cricket League Division I.

Chasing the target of 277 runs, Nepal could muster only 270 runs with the loss of eight wickets in the allotted 50 overs.

Skipper Paras Khadka struck unbeaten 112 runs in 103 balls cracking eight sixes and three boundaries while Dipendra Singh Aire scored 35 off 66 balls including two sixes. Khadka and Aire scored 69 runs partnership for Nepal.

Similarly, Gyanendra Malla contributed 24 off 25 balls including one four while Dilip Nath made 13 off 29 balls smashing two boundaries. Sharad Veswakar was sent back to pavilion with 30 off 37 balls including three boundaries while Arif Sheikh scored seven runs off 11 balls with two fours.

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Rohit Kumar Paudel contributed 23 off 17 balls including four boundaries on the board. Karan KC, who was the hero of the match against Canada, Sompal Kami and Basanta Regmi failed to make double digit score.

Imran Haider took two Nepali scalps while Rohan Mustafa and Ahmed Raza chipped in with a wicket each.

After winning the toss, UAE elected to bat first and amassed a challenging total of 277/4 runs for Nepal to chase.

Opener Ashfaq Ahmed hit a century and his opening partner Rohan Mustafa also got a half-century as UAE piled up runs against the Nepali bowling attack.

Ahmed hit three sixes and 10 boundaries for his 123-ball 114 while Mustafa scored 51 from 74 balls as the pair added 109 runs for the first wicket. Shaiman Anwar (40) and Rameez Shahzad (41) also added late on to compile a massive total.

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Sompal Kami, Sandip Lamichhane and Basanta Regmi took a wicket each for Nepal.

Rameez Shahzad remained not out on 41 off 46 balls with one four and one six. Shiman Anwar hit brisk 40 off 24 balls with two fours and three sixes.

Sandeep Lamichanne, Basanta Regmi and Sompal Kami chipped in a wicket each.

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