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SAFF U-19 Championship: Nepal, Bangladesh enter into semi

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KATHMANDU —

Nepal and Bangladesh have secured their semi-final spot of the U-19 Saff Championship.

Bangladesh sent Bhutan packing with a 2-0 victory in the Group A match of the first SAFF U-19 Championship here at the ANFA Complex grounds on Saturday to secure their spot in the semis.

The Bangladeshi team scored both their goals in the first half of the match played at Anfa complex in Satdobato. Rohit Sarkar and Manaf Rabbi scored for the team.

Bangladesh’s victory means Nepal made it to the semi-finals and the two teams will now play on Monday to decide the group winner.
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Bhutan, who lost 3-1 against Nepal on Wednesday, slammed out of the group stage without a win in the three-team pool. Nepal and Bangladesh are tied on three points with both teams having in addition to two goal difference.

In Group B, Afghanistan — who registered a 3-1 win over Maldives on Friday, lead the remaining with three points. One goal each from Masoud Habibi, Al Ahamad Mansory and Mohammad Ahmadi gave Afghanistan three points from their first match.

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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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