Friday, October 14, 2005

Nepal proud of its disadvantaged, student players

The Kathmandu Post records that two teams that participated in a student football tournament in New Delhi "have made the country proud and deserve every accolade that football lovers across this country can bestow". The Nepali Under-17) team won the Subrato Mukerjee Cup and became the first non-Indian team to win the cup in its history of almost half a century. The under-14 team's performance in the final the previous day was stated to be even better and appreciated by all who watched it live on the television. "The team no doubt lost in another penalty kick but they did leave an indelible mark on all those who watched them play."

The newspaper commented that the two performances "was all the more unexpected as more and more playing fields [in Nepal] are being encroached upon by the government, semi-government organizations, and individuals to erect buildings, leaving little open spaces for the youth to engage in sports [however] the win by the U-17 and the near-win by the U-14 teams show that Nepal has the potential to become a force to be reckoned with in football in South Asia."

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