Players of Laxmi Hyundai Manang Marshyangdi Club (blue and white) and Armed Police Force in action during a match of the third Hetauda Gold Cup football tournament in Hetauda on Saturday. Photo: Ashok Sujan Shrestha/Republica
MAKWANPUR, Feb 18: A-Division outfit Laxmi Hyundai Manang Marshyangdi Club (MMC) has started the third edition of the Hetauda Gold Cup football tournament with a 1-0 win over the departmental team Armed Police Force (APF) on Saturday.
At the he only goal scored by Sujal Shrestha from the spot was all that was needed for MMC to grab the win in the curtain-raiser match. At the Institute of Forestry in Hetauda, MMC was rewarded the penalty when APF’s Suraj Gurung fouled African player Victor in the 29th minute.
Anjan Bista was named the man-of-the-match.
MMC head coach Chiring Lopsang Gurung said that despite getting the win, the performance was not good in the absence of 2-3 foreign players.
APF’s head coach Ratna Kaji Maharjan complained about the referee’s decision in the win and also added that his players could not finish the chances they got in front of the goal.
The winner of the tournament will take home Rs 500,000, while the runner-up will be rewarded with Rs 300,000. Likewise, the best player, the best goalkeeper, the best defender, the best midfielder, the best forward and the best coach will be awarded with Rs 15,000 each, informed the organizers.
The tournament, being played in knockout format, will also reward every man-of-the-match with Rs 5,000 each.
The tournament will conclude on February 24 and a total of eight teams—Ruslan Three Star Club (TSC), MMC, CMG Sankata Club, Bijay Youth Club, Far-western Xi and the three departmental teams: APF, Nepal Police Club (NPC) and Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC)—are taking part.