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.Follow @gorkhapost
Two held on charge of girls trafficking
BETRAWATI— Police have arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in trafficking five adolescent girls aged between 13 to 16 — to India.
The arrestees have been identified as Nirmal Biswakarma (23) of Bheriganga Municipality-12 of Surkhet and Bikas Pyakurel (20) of Chaughada in Likhu Rural Municipality-4 of Nuwakot.
The Surkhet Police had arrested Biswokarma from his home while rescuing the captive girls on Friday and produced him before court on Saturday.
Likewise, acting on the statement of the captive girls, police arrested Pyakurel from Battar Bazaar, Nuwakot on Sunday.
According to District Police Office Chief Basanta Kunwar, a case related to human trafficking was registered against them on Sunday and investigation into the case was expedited from the Nuwakot District Court.
It has been learnt that the duo lured the girls, on their way to play Bhailo on Laxmi Puja, by promising them good jobs in India and transported them to Surkhet.
The rescued girls have been kept at a shelter of Women and Children Service Centre of Nepal Police.Follow @gorkhapost