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.
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.Follow @gorkhapost
Nepali Cricket Team returns home
KATHMANDU — Nepali National Cricket Team has arrived home from Zimbabwe on Monday evening, after playing ICC World Cup Qualifiers.
The team, who were recently accorded the ICC One Day status, received a warm welcome on their arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport.
Minister for Youth and Sports Jagat Bishwokarma, National Sports Council Member Secretary Keshab Bista, Secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sports Mahesh Prasad Dahal, office bearers and fans reached the TIA to receive the cricket team.
Talking briefly to journalists, Skipper Paras Khadka said, “We are happy to return home with One Day International (ODI) Status. We should now institutionalize the achievements made so far in the sector of cricket.”
Khadka also urged the concerned stakeholders to resolve the disputes seen in the Cricket Association of Nepal and build infrastructure for domestic cricket matches.
Nepal has been awarded the ODI status for a four-year period until the next World Cup qualifiers. All Nepali players playing the first ODI will be making their debuts.Follow @gorkhapost