NPC wins Men’s National Football

Published On: January 21, 2018 09:24 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Jan 21: Departmental team Nepal Police Club (NPC) has won the 28th Men’s National Football Tournament under the National Sports Council (NSC) Championship on Saturday. 

In the final match played in Ghorahi, Dang, NPC beat Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) 5-4 in tiebreaker. The match was pushed to penalty shootout after both the teams played a goal-less draw in the regulated time. 

Suman Lama, Buddha Lama, Tej Tamang, Dinesh Rajbanshi and Nir Kumar Rai scored for the winning team, while George Prince Karki, Hiranya Magar, Bibek Basnet and Rupesh KC scored for TAC. 

Meanwhile, in the third-placed match, APF saw off Far-western Region 4-3 in tiebreaker. The match was pushed to the shootout after both the teams played a 2-2 draw.  Mani Ram Chaudhary had given Far-western a lead in the 33rd minute, but APF’s Mahesh Lama equalized in the 22nd minute of the second half. Chaudhary made it 2-1 in the 63rd minute and APF’s Aashish Lama  equalized to make the score 2-2 in the 90th minute. 

Aashish Lama, Santosh Katuwal, Man Bahadur Rana and Sumit Ale scored for APF, while Prakash Hamal, Sunil Dhami and Rajan Thagunna scored for the losing team. 

A total of five regional teams and three departmental teams had participated in the tournament which kicked off from January 16. The other matches before the final were played in Tulsipur and Ghorahi.  

Departmental team Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) has clinched the 17th Men’s and second Women’s National Hockey Tournament on Saturday.

In the match played at Institute of Forestry in Hetauda, TAC defeated Far-western Region 2-1 in the men’s final with a goal each from Dipendra Air and Pradeep Rajbanshi. Rajendra Karki scored a consolation goal for the losing team. Western Region secured third place in the tournament. 

Likewise, in the women’s final match, TAC beat Central Region 4-0 courtesy of a brace from Seeta Chaudhary and a goal each from Pinky Sinjali and Seeta Maya Bal. Defending champion Far-western claimed third spot. Far-western saw off Western Region in sudden death as the regulation time ended in a goal-less draw.

Eastern’s Manoj Chaudhary and TAC’s Seeta Maya Bal were declared the best player of men’s and women’s categories respectively. A total of five regional teams and TAC of men’s category and four regional teams and TAC had taken part in the event that started on January 15.      

Departmental team Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) has won the highest nine gold medals in the ongoing 14th National Taekwondo Tournament under the National Sports Council (NSC) Championship on Saturday. 

TAC, who was training under the gold medal winner in the South Asian Games and the first Nepali player to participate in the Olympics Sangina Baidya, won seven golds, five silvers and three bronzes in gyarogi and two golds, two silvers and a bronze medal in poomsae. 

The other departmental teams Nepal Police Club (NPC) and Armed Police Force (APF) finished second and third respectively. NPC won six golds, four silvers and three bronzes in gyarogi and two golds, one silver and two bronze medals in poomsae, while APF bagged two golds, three silvers and three bronze medals in gyarogi and one gold and two bronze medals in poomsae. 

A player each of Central Region and Eastern Region won a gold medal each. Central’s Bhupen Shrestha claimed a gold medal in men’s 87 kg weight category, while Eastern’s Sina Maden won a gold in the U-20 age category. 

In the matches played at the Nepal Taekwondo Academy, NPC’s Bir Bahadur Mahara and APF’s Asmita Khadka were declared as the best players in gyarogi. 

Mahara won gold in U-63 kg weight category, while Khadka claimed gold in U-49 kg weight category defeating TAC’s Kajal Shrestha in the final by 12-6. 

APF’s Nabin Shrestha and TAC’s Nita Gurung were rewarded with the best players of the tournament awards in poomsae. Shrestha won gold in U-16 age category and Gurung in over 20 age category. All the best players were prized with Rs 5,000 each. 

Likewise, in women’s U-53 kg weight category, the silver winner of the 12th SAG Nima Gurung won the gold medal defeating Eastern’s Sandhya Kumari Singh in the final, while TAC’s Kalpana Chaudhary won gold in U-46 kg weight category. She saw off Western’s Sarita Shrestha 29-23 in the final. 

Similarly, TAC’s Sagar Gubhaju and NPC’s Anoj Malla claimed first spots in men’s U-58 kg and U-54 kg weight categories respectively. Gubhaju defeated Central’s Kapil Thapa and Malla beat APF’s Chandra Rana Magar in the final matches. 

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