SIMARA, APRIL 2
New Road Team thrashed fellow A division outfit Nepal APF Football Club 5-0 in the final of the 12th Jagdamba Jeetpur-Simara Gold Cup here at the Simara Stadium today.
Messouke Oloumou and Stephane Samir scored two goals each, while Deepesh Ghale netted one as NRT lifted the first title of the season. Along with the title, NRT received one million rupees, while APF pocketed Rs 500,000.
NRT opened the scoring in the first half injury time and added four more in the second half to register an emphatic victory over the departmental side.
Oloumou put NRT ahead moments before the break when he converted a free kick into the goal after Deepesh Dhimal brought down Bishal Ghalan.
Deepesh Ghale doubled the tally at the stroke of an hour following a cross from Oloumou, while Samor made it 3-0 with his first goal of the match in the 77th minute. Oloumou netted his second goal of the match and fifth in the tournament to extend the lead four minutes later. Samir then completed the scoring with his sixth goal of the tournament in the 89th minute.
NRT's Oloumou was adjudged the best player of the tournament and he received Benelli motorcycle. NRT dominated the individual awards with goalkeeper Pradip Bhandari, midfielder Ashok Thapa, forward Stephane Samir and coach Raju Kaji Shakya winning the honours. Rajan Gurung of APF was named the best defender, while NRT's Samir was the highest scorer with six goals. Sagar Chaulagain of Nava Janajagriti Club was named the emerging player, while Bijay Youth Club of Hetauda won the Fair Play award. A total of 10 teams participated in the tournament organised by Nava Janajagriti Club under the sponsorship of Jagdamba Steels. Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Prem Ale handed over the prizes to the winner of the tournament supported by Jeetpur-Simara Municipality.
A version of this article appears in the print on April 3, 2022, of The Himalayan Times.