Nepal makes a loud start at the first match of SAFF Championship

Nepal football team celebrates their second goal against Bangladesh during the first match of eighth SAFF Championship in Kathmandu.

KATHMANDU: On the inaugural match of the Eighth SAFF Championship on Saturday, Nepal beat Bangladesh by 2-0.

During the match played at the Dasharath Stadium in the Capital, striker Anil Gurung (Jersey No.10) scored the first goal on the tournament via a header from a corner pass by Bhola Silwal (Jersey No. 17) at the 17th minute of the match.

Striker Bharat Khawas (Jersey No.21) added the second goal at the 31st minute for Nepal.

Earlier, Nepal had organised the SAF game for the first time in 1997.

Bangladesh, India, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal would play the match in this edition.

In the last match of the SAF Championship, Nepal had outplayed Bangladesh with 1-0.

Among the SAF championships organised so far, Nepal has experienced victory once but was defeated for three times by Bangladesh.