Nepali women’s football team returned home on Monday after winning the friendly football series with Bangladesh. As a preparation for the 19th Asiad, Nepal played two friendly matches against South Asia’s strong team Bangladesh in women’s football.
In the tour, Nepal faced a 1-1 draw in the first match and won the second match with a tiebreaker by 4-2 to lift the trophy of the series. In the second match, Anjana Ranamar, who entered the field as an alternate goalkeeper, saved two penalties and Nepal got a thrilling victory.
The Nepalese team was welcomed by All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) President Pankaj Vikram Nemwang and General Secretary Kiran Rai.
The Nepali team, which returned home on Monday, was of the opinion that if they can get enough match exposure, they will prepare well for Asiad. Anantaraj Thapa, the coach of the Nepali women’s football team, expressed his belief that the fighting performance of his team against the champion team of SAF will increase the confidence of Nepali players in the upcoming matches. Coach Thapa said that Nepali team has improved in many aspects. Coach Thapa said that there are still some fitness problems in the team. For that, it is necessary to give them as much match exposure as possible.
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The captain of the Nepali women’s football team, Angela Tumbappo Subbale, said that there is a need to improve the team as they have to face tougher opponents than Bangladesh in the Asian Games. She also expressed her belief that if she gets match exposure against higher level teams, her preparations for Asiad will be better.
Savitra Bhandari, the reliable striker of the Nepali team, said that the victory against Bangladesh was possible by reducing the mistakes made in the last clean. She held the view that playing the Asian Games is a great opportunity for them, but the competition will prove the real level of Nepal’s sports.
Savitra, the striker of the Nepali team, indicated that the future of women’s football is good if there is a youth and senior level league like the men’s team. Also, Savitra pointed out that the match exposure of the senior team is equally necessary.