Kathmandu, 30 August 2015- Â Nepal defeated India 5-4 on tie breaker to win the title of first SAF U-19 championship at the ANFA complex ground yesterday. After the long 22 years of struggle Nepal achieved major trophy for the home side. For securing inaugural trophy in the age group level Nepal played magically gorgeous.Â Goal keeper Sojit Gurung saved a crucial first penalty of Mohinuddin and Ananta Thapa made no mistake from the decisive spot kick to hand Nepal a first major trophy after 1993.
Tej Tamang gave the lead Â in Â 31st minute to put Nepal ahead but India leveled the score in the 86th on a penalty. Referee awarded the penalty to India after the ball was handled inside the Nepali box.Nepal had put on a fine display and took a well-deserved lead when Tamang slotted a return ball home on a corner kick. Ananta Tamang rose high to latch a powerful header from Sunil Balâ€™s corner only to be saved by the legs of Indian goalie. The rebound fell in front of an unmarked Tej Tamang and he was quick to react to poke it into the net.
The victory looked imminent for the Nepali side, playing in front of sold-out crowd, until the 86th minute when referee awarded a penalty to India after Tshering Gurung handled the ball inside the box while attempting to clear the ball. Goalie Sojit Gurung got his leg to the resulting spot kick but it was a powerful one from Sahabaz for him to stop from getting into his post.Â Sojit then made a brilliant save to deny the first spot kick diving left and palming away Mohinuddinâ€™s shot. This save proved decisive as Nepal players converted all of their spot kicks and landed the countryâ€™s first title in 22 years.
Ministry of Youth and Sports has announced a cash prize of Rs 100,000 to each of the players of the U-19 side after they claimed the trophy of the regional championship.Â Minister Purushottam Poudel announced the reward prior to the final at Satdobato yesterday.