Nepal women’s team has completed preparation for SAFF women’s championship 2019.
Nepal is kicking off the campaign taking on Bhutan in the opening match on March 12 at Sahid Maidan. Nepal is hosting the tournament for the first time in its history. It is also the first international football tournament outside Kathmandu, the capital city, for Nepal. All the matches will be played in Shahid Stadium. Since the inception of the biennial tournament in 2010, Nepal have always been the title contenders but the title has always eluded them with Indian being the major thorn.
Skipper Niru Thapa said that her team was ready for the event. “We are playing at home ground. We are happy to play in front of Nepali fans. Everybody is supporting us. We want to win the competition”, said Niru Thapa. “Players are ready for the kick-off against Bhutan tomorrow,” said Hari Khadka the coach of Nepal. “My girls have worked really hard, I feel this is real opportunity for us to win the title”, he added. “Our team is mentally and physically ready to compete with them and this time the home support of Province 1 will be on our side,” said Khadka. All Nepal Football Association’s (ANFA’s) former development director Sanjib Mishra says: “The women team has to maintain the momentum they have carried in the last two months.
The participating teams of the SAFF Women’s Championship have already arrived in Biratnagar. In Group A, Nepal with Butan and Bangladesh. In Group B, Maldives and Sri Lanka are placed along with India. The expected cost of the tournament is Rs 16.5 million.