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Nepal football team to play SAFF Championship final for the first time–against India

Some members of the Nepal national foodball team during a match of the SAFF Championship 2021.
Some members of the Nepal national foodball team during a match of the SAFF Championship 2021.

Kathmandu, October 14

The Nepal football team are set to play the final of the ongoing SAFF Championship against the arch-rival India. This is the first time that Nepal have made it to the final of the regional tournament.

During their last league-round match played in Male of the Maldives on Wednesday, Nepal played a 1-1 draw with Bangladesh, adding one point to their scoreboard and opening the doors to the final. Likewise, in their last match, India defeated the hosts 3-1.

In the Nepal-Bangladesh match, Anjan Bista scored a goal in the 88th minute, taking advantage of a penalty opportunity, to save the Nepal football team from losing.

In the five-team event, India collected eight points and Nepal seven from four matches each. Now, they will play the final at 8:45 pm Nepal time on Saturday.

In the league-round match during the two countries, India had defeated Nepal 0-1 this Sunday.

Because the Nepal football team had never reached the final of the tournament, the game itself will be a historic achievement notwithstanding the result. But, Nepal are looking forward to a victory as it will be the last match for the team’s ambitious coach Abdullah Al Mutairi. Al Mutairi reiterated his plan of leaving Nepal football after the final during the post-match conference on Wednesday also.

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