Sri Lanka crashes out from SAFF U-15 Championship

Published On: August 21, 2017 08:36 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, August 21: Sri Lanka became the first team to crash out from the ongoing SAFF U-15 Championship after facing second defeat in a row on Sunday. 

In its second match of group A played at ANFA Complex, Satdobato, Sri Lanka faced 6-0 defeat at the hands of Bhutan. 

Earlier on Friday, Sri Lanka was beaten by Bangladesh with the score-line of 4-0.  
Dorji Khando and Kelzang Jigmi netted two goals each for Bhutan while Kinga Wangchuk and Siddhartha Gurung also found the net for winning team. 

Bhutan produced the five goals out of six in the first half with Dorji Khando opening the scoring in the 9th minute. 

Khando struck his personal second in the 24th minute while Kinga Wangchuk made the score-line 3-0 for Bhutanese team in the 31st minute. 

Kelzang Jigmi scored the two goals in the space of three minutes as he found the net in 43rd and 45+1 minute respectively.  

Bhutan dominated the second half of the match strongly but added one goal only to its account. Siddhartha Gurung was Bhutan’s fourth scorer as he netted the last goal of the match in the last minute of the normal time to help his team seal the comfortable 6-0 victory.   

After guiding his team to the comprehensive win Bhutan’s Coach Songjun Lee expressed his delight towards the performance of his players. 

“My boys played very well and I am delighted with their performance,” said Lee. “Our next match is against Bangladesh and I hope it to be the tough one. I will come with a different strategy against them,” 

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan coach Suzuki Chikashi said that his team had less time for the preparation that eventually results in an early exit. 

Bangladesh and Bhutan which have equal three points from one match each in group A and will face each other on Tuesday which will decide the group winner. 

Both group winner and runner-up will secure the semifinal berths in the last four. 
Meanwhile on Monday, host team Nepal will take on Maldives in its first match in group B.  


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