Jagjeet Shrestha shines on his Australian State League football debut

KATHMANDU: Nepal's midfielder Jagjeet Shrestha scored on his debut for Australian state league side, Hume United FC, on Saturday.

Shrestha had signed a contract with the Hume United FC, a state club playing in Zagame's Men's State League 2 in North-West, where he will earn USD 1,500 a month.

Shrestha marked his arrival in a fine style, scoring a brace including the winning goal to lead the team to a 3-2 result over Sporting Whittlesea FC on Saturday.

Shrestha’s performance helped his team leapfrog to eighth from the 10th position in the table.

Shrestha had left for Australia in May 2016. Six clubs had shown interest in him before he finally signed for United.

Yeti FC, a State League 5 side in North Australia, formed by Nepali diaspora there, had helped Shrestha find the club.

Shrestha said, “It has already been more than six weeks since I left Nepal for Australia. Finding a club here is obviously not an easy task, especially when the football season was almost to an end. I am thankful for the Yeti FC and their manager for helping me get through this.”

Shrestha who was playing for Lalitpur-based Three Star Club said he would be back for the National League after playing in Australia.