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SAFF Women’s Championship: Nepal enter final by defeating all-time champions

Nepal footballers celebrate as they defeat India to enter the final of the SAFF Women's Championship, in Kathmandu, on Friday, September 16, 2022. Photo: Bikash Shrestha
Nepal footballers celebrate as they defeat India to enter the final of the SAFF Women’s Championship, in Kathmandu, on Friday, September 16, 2022. Photo: Bikash Shrestha

Kathmandu, September 16

Nepal have entered the final of the SAFF Women’s Championship as the hosts defeated all-time champions India in the semifinal.

Rashmi Kumari Ghising made the decisive goal for Nepal in injury time before the first half concluded to make her team win 1-0. Nepal’s performance in the second half was also commendable.

With this, India have failed to reach the final for the first time in SAFF women’s history.

Now, Nepal will face Bangladesh, who had entered the final by winning over Bhutan in the first semifinal earlier this afternoon, for the title in the final to be held on Monday.

Regardless of whether Nepal or Bangladesh win the final, it will be a historic event as only India have claimed the SAFF Women’s Championship title so far.

While Nepal had considered India as the only target during the preparation, Nepal look quite confident to face Bangladesh in the final.

This is the fifth time Nepal have entered the final of the event. They have been defeated by the all-time champions, India, in the final so far. But, now, with India already out in the sixth edition of the event, Nepal have a chance of claiming the title.

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