After all, Nepal finished as 1st Runner Up in the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship facing three goals to nil in the final game played between Nepal and India on Saturday at the National Stadium in Male, Maldives.
Reaching the final stage for the first time in the history Nepal’s hopes of winning the SAFF Championship were dashed.
Nepal’s hopes of winning the SAFF Championship were lighted up after equalizing with Bangladesh in the semi-final match for the first time in SAFF history.
But very sadly, even in a competitive match Nepal played with do or die in the first half India player Sunil Chhetri’s headed ball kissed the Nepal’ net beginning the second half exactly in the 49th minute.
The Nepali players were discouraged from the first goal by India but the entire Nepali supporters’ appreciation attending around the stadium made them encouraged to do better. They were playing with do or die but alas! Just a minute later Suresh Singh’s shot was deflected off Dinesh Rajbanshi beyond the reach of diving Kiran Kumar Limbu led the Indian team into advancement with two goals. And the entire Nepali players, officials and supporter’s’ dreams shattered.
Again the final goal was netted by Sahal Abdul Samad at the final minute of regular time made Nepal’s SAFF history just a dream only.
With the final whistle of the empire, India again crowned Eighth SAFF Championship title.
Reviewing the game Nepal has missed several glorious opportunities but Nepali players seem weakened to attack and hit the heavy shots.
In sum-up, the games played by Nepali team were remarkable.