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Afghanistan defeats Nepal by 1-0 in semi-final of SAFF Championship 2013


KATHMANDU: Afghanistan silenced the home crowd defeating home team Nepal by 1-0 during the semi-final match in the SAFF Championship 2013 held at Dasharath Stadium in the capital on Sunday evening.

Afghanistan led the match in the early 11th minute as Sanjar Ahamdi brilliantly turned the mistake of goalkeeper Kiran Chemjong into a goal. Nepali Team played comparatively fair match. Nepali players could not utilize many chances against Afghanistan. The crowd cheered up with every chance Nepal got in the tournament but Nepali team failed to utilize the support of stadium crowd and Nepali home ground. The home crowd silenced after Nepali player Rohit Chand failed to convert penalty shot into a goal. Two Afghan players received yellow cards during the occasion.  With this Nepal’s hope to retain the cup in home shattered.

So far, Nepal and Afghanistan have encountered five times with each other. Nepal has won three matches, while Afghanistan has won one match and the remaining one match ended in a draw. Last time, Nepal was beaten by Afghanistan 1-0 in the semi-final of SAFF Championship 2011 held in India. Afghanistan scored in the extra time after the match ended in a goalless draw.

Before the match Captain of the Nepali Team Sagar Thapa said, “We are confident about winning the match against Afghanistan. The team will play for the title dedicating it to the Nepali football fans.”

Nepali Team have played quiet well but the team sprite was lacking in the tournament as most of the players seen competing for scoring the goal rather than playing as a team.

Nepali fans began lining up for tickets for today’s match from as early as 5 a.m. The counter opened at 8 in the morning and the tickets were sold out within an hour. The fans, who did not secure their entry in the stadium, gathered in different areas and watching the match live in the television sets. The Nepal Electricity Authority could not impose regular load shedding to encourage the Nepali Team.  Many youths could be seen painted Nepali flag in their faces in the stadium and different parts of the Country.

(Photo Courtesy: www.goalnepal.com)

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