Local briefs

Nepali national football team Kolkata bound

LALITPUR: Nepali national football team on Monday left for Kolkata to play two warm-up matches before heading for Hyderabad to participate in the final round of the second AFC Challenge Cup to be held there from July 30. All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) president Ganesh Thapa bade farewell the to the 30-member team at a ceremony at the ANFA Complex. The team includes 25 players, coach Birat Krishna Shrestha, assistant coach Bal Gopal Maharjan, physio Gaurav Subedi and team manager Lalit Krishna Shrestha. The Nepali team will play friendly matches against East Bengal and Chirag Sports Club in Kolkata before heading for Hyderabad. Nepal are pitted in Group B in AFC Challenge Cup. Nepal will play against Myanmar on July 31, DPR Korea on August 2 and Sri Lanka on August 4. — HNS

C Division qualifier

KATHMANDU: Charumati Youth Club and Khalibari Football Club made it to the Group C final at the C Division League qualifing tournament here on Monday. Charumati hammered Pharping Youth Club 7-1 with Saurya Thapa scoring four goals alone. Ajab Shrestha added

two more and Yatendra Pandey scored one goal for Charumati while Deep Thakuri pulled back one for Pharping. Khakibari edged out Gwarko Football Club on a 45th minute goal from Aakash Chhantyal. Also, Mukesh Rai and Ram Gurung scored a goal apiece as Samudayek Sewa Griha entered the Group D semi-finals with a 2-0 victory over Jalabinayak Region Development Centre. — HNS

Hamal takes lead

LALITPUR: Manish Hamal took a solo lead after the eighth round of the second Madan Memorial National Youth Open Chess Tournament, organised by Democratic National Youth Federation, on Monday. Hamal defeated Sujendra Prasad Shrestha in the seventh round before beating reigning national champion Keshav Shrestha in the eighth round to finish top with seven points. Badri Lal Nepali and Rajendra Bajracharya are tied for second with 6.5 points each. Uttam Raj Thapa, Ganesh Man Duwal and Prem Krishna Maharjan share the third position with six points each. Likewise, Rabindra Shakya, Ratna Byanjankar, Shyam Shrestha, Raju Subedi and Keshav Shrestha are tied for the fourth position with 5.5 points. — HNS

Soft tennis tournament

KATHMANDU: Nepal Soft Tennis Association is organising the first Nationwide Open Soft Tennis Tournament here on July 25 and 26. Players from all the five development regions will compete in the tournament, said the organisers on Monday. The event includes two events — men’s singles and doubles. The top three winners in the both the singles and doubles categories will receive Rs 12,000, Rs 8,000 and Rs 4,000 each respectively. — HNS