Members of Armed Police Force (APF) Club pose with the trophy alongside army chief Purna Chandra Thapa, after defeating Tribhuvan Army Club in the final of the Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) International Women’s Football Tournament at the Army Headquarters in Kathmandu on Wednesday. | Photo: Photo Courtesy: Nepal Army
KATHMANDU, Nov 29: The departmental team Armed Police Force (APF) Club has defeated the other departmental team Tribhuvan Army Club 4-2 in tiebreaker to clinch the sixth Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) International Women’s Football Tournament on Wednesday.
At the Army Headquarters, the match was pushed to the extra time after the teams finished 1-1 after the regulation time. The game could not get a result in the additional 20 minutes as well, so the teams went to the penalty shootout where APF defeated Army 4-2 to win the title.
In the shootout, APF’s Sabitra Bhandari, Senuka Nagarkoti, Anita Basnet and Anu Lama scored, while Gita Rana missed her spot kick. Likewise, Army’s Anjana Ranamagar and Nisha Bohora scored, while Krishna Khatri and Indira Rai missed.
Earlier, APF had taken the lead through Basnet in the 41st minute utilizing a pass from Saru Limbu. Army equalized in the 61st minute with a goal from Bimala Chaudhary.
Similarly, APF’s Anjila Tumbapo, Bhandari, Janak Singh Tharu were named the best goalkeeper, the best striker and the best coach respectively, while Army’s Sunita Chaudhary and Bimala Chaudhary were adjudged the best defender and the best midfielder respectively.
The winner of the tournament APF took home a cash prize of Rs 300,000, while the runner-up Army was rewarded with Rs 150,000. Likewise, the semifinalists Nepal Police Club and Province 2 got Rs 50,000 each.
Army’s Punam Jarga Magar was named the best player of the tournament and she got a Yamaha scooter.
A total of 12 teams including three departmental teams, seven provincial teams and two teams from India took part in the tournament.
The tournament was organized by Nepal Army with the technical support of the National Sports Council (NSC) and the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA).