Nepal confident of victory

Kathmandu, December 19

Nepal and Bangladesh are all set for the AFC U-14 Girls’ Regional Championship final at the Nepali Army Sports Centre in Lagankhel on Sunday.

The match was scheduled to be held on April 25 but was postponed because of the devastating earthquake. Nepal team coach Kishor KC said the players were in training for the last 20 days. “My team is ready for the match and we want to win the trophy,” said KC. “The match is being held months later but we are focused,” added KC paying tribute to the departed souls due to the earthquake.

Skipper Puja Rana said the team was strong enough to lift the title. “We have trained for short period but the girls have learnt many things from the coach. We would implement the tactics on

the field and we are confident of winning the title,” Rana added.

Bangladesh coach Golam Rabbani Choton said the team trained for 15 days and the girls were ready for the final. “We had said that we wanted to meet Nepal in the final and we will give our best to win the title,” he added. Skipper Shree Moti Krishna Rani Sarkar said Nepal were strong but they would fight for the title.

Asian Football Federation postponed the tournament after the earthquake struck Nepal on April 25.

Players from India and Iran were doing warm-up at the Dasharath Stadium for the third-place playoff match before the country was jolted by the powerful quake that claimed more than 8,500 lives. AFC rescheduled the final upon the request of Bangladesh Football Federation.