Nepal’s 12 years of wait to play for the title in SAFF

Nepal SAFF Championship

Home team Nepal will compete against Bangladesh for the title of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Women’s Championship.

Both teams aim to become SAFF champions for the first time through the match at Dashrath Stadium. In this tournament that started 12 years ago, Nepal will play the final for the fifth time and Bangladesh for the second time.

SAFF Women’s Championship will have a new winner this time as India, who have won all the previous five editions, have been eliminated from the semi-finals this time. Nepal won the final by winning 1-0 over India. Before that, Bangladesh also defeated India by 3-0 in the last match of the group stage.

Nepal SAFF Final

In South Asian senior women’s football, Nepal has not lost to any other team except India. Nepal is going to play the final for the eighth time in the senior-level women’s football of this region. The Nepali women’s team reached the finals in all three editions of women’s football held earlier under the South Asian Games (SAG) but lost to India in all of them.

The level of the Bangladeshi team has improved a lot in recent times. Last year, in one of the two friendly matches at the Dashrath Stadium, Bangladesh held the Nepali women’s team to a goalless draw. In the next match, Nepal won 2-1.

Bangladeshi is leading the list of players who have scored the most goals in the ongoing tournament. Sabina Khatun scored the most 8 goals. Mosammat Sirat Jahan Sopan has 4 goals. Krishna Rani Sarkar, Ritu Poorna Chakma, and Masura Parveen scored 2 goals each. Monika Chakma and Tohura Khatun have 1 and 1 goals.

Nepal’s Anita Basnet, Savitra Bhandari, Amisa Karki, and Rasmikumari Ghising scored two goals each. Star striker Savitra, who did not play in the semi-final due to illness, is not sure whether she will play in the final. Both Nepal and Bangladesh have not conceded a single goal in the ongoing tournament.