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.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
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”.