Nepal-Bhutan vie for gold in men's football

KATHMANDU: Nepal will play Bhutan in the final game of men's football today under the 13th South Asian Games (SAG) at Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu.

The final is scheduled to kick-off at 3:00 pm.

Nepal are currently on top of the table with 10 points with three wins and one draw, followed by Bhutan collecting 9 points with three wins and one loss.

Nepal had defeated Bhutan 4-0 in the third match of the tournament in Dasharath Stadium on Tuesday, December 3.

Nepal are the defending champions of this tournament having defeated India 2-1 in 2016 SA Games held in Guwahati, India. This is the first time Bhutan has reached the finals of SAG football.

Nepal had met and defeated Bhutan 5-0 in the 12th edition of SAG. Bhutan were unable to proceed beyond league games in that edition.

Nepali Squad:

Sujal Shrestha - Captain

Bikesh Kuthu - Goalkeeper

Bikash Khawas

Mikchen Tamang

Ananta Tamang

Abhisek Rual

Sunil Bal

Nitin Thapa

Bikram Lama

Tej Tamang

Suman Aryal

Substitutes: Tshiring Gurung, Rajiv Lopchan, Hemant Thapa magar, Rajesh Pariyar, Sesehang Angdembe, Prizen Tamang, Arpan Karki (GK), and Deep Karki (GK).

Bhutan Squad:

Chencho Gyeltshen - Captain

Gyeltshen Zangpo - Goalkeeper

Kinley Tenzin

Lungtok Dawa

Jigme Tshering Dorji

Tenzin Norbu

Dawa Tshering

Yeshey Dorji

Chimi Tshewang

Chimi Dorji

Phub Thinley

Substitutes: Tenzin Dorji (GK), Nima tshering, Tenzin DorjiKabi Raj Rai, Phurba Tenzin, Orgyen Wangchuk Tshering, Thinley Dorji Phuntsho jigme, Dendup Namgyel