Referees, coaches pass
LALITPUR: Nepali referees Sudish Kumar Pandey and Padam Bahadur Bhujel and coaches Bal Gopal Maharjan and Chet Narayan Shrestha passed the final development course under the AFC Project Future Referee and Coach Batch 2007 held from November 18-24 in Kuala Lumpur. Pandey and Bhujel were among the 27 Asian referees who passed the fitness test, written and technical exams of the development course, which aims at being eligibile to represent Asia in the 2018 World Cup. Maharjan and Shrestha earned the AFC Grade 'B' license after finding themselves among the 13 passed candidates. Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Mohammad Bin Hammam provided the 27 successful referees and 13 coaches with the AFC Project Future Batch 2007 Graduation Letter, informed the All Nepal Football Association here on Sunday. Nepali referee and coach duo participated in the AFC Training and Refreshers course for seven times from 2007.
Cosmic, Gothatar thru
BHAKTAPUR: Cosmic International Academy and Gothatar School advanced to the quarter-finals of the fourth FECA Cup Inter-school Football Tournament here on Sunday. In the first match of the day, Cosmic hammered Orchid 6-0 after man of the match Sunil Maharjan completed a hat-trick. Prakash Shah, Peter Gole and Sagar Gurung added one goal apiece. Gothatar stunned the defending champions Nexus 2-1. Saroj Koirala and Rajesh Pudasaini scored for Gothatar. Man of the match Manoj Rajbahak replied for the defending champions.
New Diamond advance
KATHMANDU: New Diamond and Annal Jyoti on Sunday inched closer to the girls' title reaching the final of the fifth SEB Inter-school Volleyball Tournament. New Diamond sidelined the hosts Samakhushi English Boarding (SEB) School 'A' 25-16, 25-10, 25-19. Jamuna Sarki of SEB was adjudged the player of the match in the first semi-final. Annal Jyoti struggled for a 25-15, 20-25, 25-11, 25-20 win over Angel Heart. Sunita Rai of the winning team was declared the player of the match.
LALITPUR: The 16th Eicher Gyan Carnival begins here from Monday. The 10-day carnival will see boys' basketball, volleyball and football along with girls' basketball event, informed the organisers Gyanodaya Bal Batika Higher Secondary School. A total of 14 teams -- eight in boys and six in girls section -- will compete in basketball tournament while eight teams are on fray in football. All the of events will be played under the league-cum-knockout format.
KATHMANDU: Unique Higher Secondary School is organising the fifth Unique Valleywide Inter-school basketball here on November 30 to December 7. In all 16 teams in Junior Boys, 15 in Senior Boys and nine in Three-on-three Girls' section will vie for the championships, said the organisers here at a press meet on Sunday.
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Referees, coaches pass