Vyas Club claim title

TANAHUN: Hosts Vyas Youth Club won the title of the Seven-a-side Football Tournament here on Friday. VYC defeated Friends Youth Club of Dumsichaur 3-1. Bishwo Adhikari struck twice and Bishal Lama netted one goal for the winners, while Sujan Shrestha scored the consolation goal for Friends. VYC earned Rs 30,100, while Friends received Rs 15,100 along with the trophies and medals. VYC’s Krishna Thapa and Bishwo Adhikari were named the best player and highest scorer respectively and were awarded with Rs 2,000 each. A total of 22 teams had participated in the tournament. CDO Mahadev Pantha and Nepali Congress District Secretary Bishwo Bastola handed over the prizes to the winners. Meanwhile, Madan Wagle of The Himalayan Times was felicitated for his contribution in covering the event.

Chelsea sign Pantic

LONDON: Chelsea signed Partizan Belgrade midfielder Danilo Pantic on Thursday and immediately sent the highly-rated Serbian out on loan, the Premier League champions said. Pantic was originally linked with Chelsea in January and the 18-year-old’s move to Stamford Bridge has now been completed. He will spend the coming season on loan at Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem, who have a partnership deal with Chelsea.

Kewell appointed

LONDON: Former Australia and Liverpool star Harry Kewell was appointed as the U-21 coach of Premier League club Watford. Kewell retired last year after a short spell with Melbourne Heart and has returned to England for his first major coaching role at Watford, who won promotion to the top-flight last season. Kewell, who won 56 caps for Australia and played in the 2010 World Cup, will bring a wealth of experience after winning the 2005 Champions League and 2006 FA Cup in his five-year spell at Liverpool and Watford’s sporting director Luke Dowling is pleased to have him on board.