Nepal Police Club pulled off a major upset as they defeated runaway league leaders APF 1-0 to claim the First National Women’s League on Saturday.
With APF going into the final match with two points cushion, Police needed a win to claim the title and they succeeded as Chandra Bhandari gave them the lead in the 15th minute.
Bhandari scored from the spot to give Police the lead which they held onto till the final whistle.
A strong defensive performance kept the APF forwards, who had been running rampant throughout the tournament, at bay.
Commenting on his team’s performance, Police coach Sandesh Shrestha said, “ We went all out on the attack from the start as we needed to win. After we took the lead we defended stoutly.”
With the win, Police bagged a cash prize of Rs 300,000 as well as a trophy. APF were handed a cash prize of Rs 150,000.
Meanwhile in the day’s second game, Nepal Army Club claimed third place after playing a goalless draw against hosts Far Western region. With 14 points to their name Army finished two points ahead of Far Western region who finished fourth. Army bagged a cash prize of Rs 75,000 while Far Western got Rs 50,000.
Police striker Bhandari, who scored 12 goals in seven matches, was named most valuable player and was awarded with a scooter as a prize.
Anu Lama of APF, (12 goals) was named best striker. Namita Kumari Dalli was named best goalkeeper while Renuka Nagarkoti of Army was named best mid-fielder. Each of them were awarded with a prize of Rs 25,000.
Posted on: 2012-12-30 08:48