NRT off to Bangladesh
Added At: 2010-05-10 11:10 PM
Last Updated At: 2010-05-11 6:05 PM
Himalayan News Service
KATHMANDU: New Road Team (NRT) left for Dhaka today to participate in the AFC President’s Cup qualifiers slated for May 12-16.
All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) President Ganesh Thapa, NRT President Narendra Shrestha among others bade farewell to the 33-member team — 23 players and 10 officials — led by the club general secretary Binaya Pradhan.
Speaking on the occasion, NRT President Shrestha said their dream to play the President’s Cup has come true. “The outcome was largely to the huge investment we made in the club. The credit also goes to all the players, coaching staffs and management,” added Shrestha.
ANFA President Thapa said he would try his best to win the hosting rights of the President Cup finals if NRT qualify. Thapa also congratulated the club for their endeavours to make their team a better side. Meanwhile, NRT vice-president Deepak Harsha Bajracharya revealed thay were considering increment in the players’ salary provided they perform well in the Bangladeshi capital. “Our objective is to win the league title but for that we need to improve our game immensely,” said Bajracharya. NRT are second in the standings with 37 points from 18 matches, four points adrift the leaders Nepal Police Club who have a game in hand.
NRT qualified for the third tier tournament of Asian Football Confederation after finishing top of the table in the first leg of the Martyrs Memorial San Miguel A Division League last month. They are the fourth Nepali team to represent Nepal in the tournament. Nabil Three Star Club, Manang Marshyangdi Club and Nepal Police Club were the other teams to have played the regional tournament.
NRT are drawn in Group A along with two-time champions Dordoi Bishkek of Kyrgyzstan, Abahani Limited of Bangladesh and Hasus NTCPE of Chinese Taipei. NRT will open their campaign with a match against Abahani on May 12 before playing Dordoi two days later and Hasus NTCPE on May 16. Winners of all three groups and the best runner-up among losing teams of the three groups will qualify for the President’s Cup finals slated for September. The venue for the finals is yet to be determined.