February 22, 2020 12:59 PM NPT
By: Sanjay Thapa
Players of India’s Kanchenjunga Football Club and Bagmati Football Club vie for the ball during a match of the Sudur Paschim International Invitational Khaptad Gold Cup football tournament in Dhangadhi on Friday. Photo: Republica
DHANGADHI, Feb 22: India’s Kanchenjunga Football Club has advanced into the quarterfinals of the ongoing fourth Sudur Paschim International Invitational Khaptad Gold Cup defeating Bagmati Football Club 4-2 in the penalty shootouts in Dhangadhi on Friday.
In the opening match played at the Dhangadhi Stadium, goalkeeper Nigam Singh saved two Bagmati penalties as the team set its quarterfinal clash against Sudur Paschim XI Sporting Club on February 25.
The regulation time was set for 70 minutes in the game and it went to the shootouts after the game finished in a goalless draw. The game was shortened after the game could not be played in the scheduled 2 pm kick-off.
Kanchenjunga’s Abhishek Thakuri, Niwas Rana, Tshering Tamang and Abhishek Ale scored for the team, while only Yang Dorje Lama and Bipin Tamang scored for the losing side. Kanchenjunga’s keeper Singh saved the penalties of Anil Magar and Sonam Banjan to send his team to the last eight.
The game was an one-sided affair in the favor of Kanchenjunga, but it could not score in the regulation time.
Thakuri got a chance to score in the 11th minute, but his shot from the edge of the box was saved by the Bagmati goalkeeper Kushal Gaire. It then missed a chance two minutes later as Abhishek Dorje’s header from inside the box went over the bar.
Sherpa then hit a shot which struck the woodwork in the 19th minute.
Dorje hit a free-kick in the 30th minute, which was scored by Anish Rai. But, the officials ruled it out for offside.
Ram Rai had another chance to get a goal, but his effort was saved by the Bagmati keeper Gaire in the second half.
Kanchenjunga’s keeper Singh was named the man of the match and was rewarded with Rs 10,000.
A-Division League outfits New Road Team and Armed Police Force Club will take on each other on Friday.
A total of 12 teams from Nepal and India are taking part in the tournament, which runs till March 3.
The winner of the tournament will get a cash prize of Rs 2.01 million, while the runner-up will be rewarded with Rs 1.01 million. Also, the best player of the tournament will receive a motorcycle, while the best players of each category will get Rs 15,000 each.
Likewise, the man of the match of every game will receive Rs 10,000 each.