Nepal is the champion of SAFF U 18 2017 after dramatic win against India in the final match of the tournament 2-0.
Nepal had to win against India to become the champion where else India was out of the title race after Bangladesh defeated Bhutan in the first match 2-0. The tournament regulation is based on Head to Head since India lost to Bangladesh in previous game and Nepal won against Bangladesh. If India had beaten Nepal Bangladesh would have been the champion.
“I am happy and very thrilled” said Nepal Head Coach Chiring Lopsang. He said that the hard work and team spirit of the boys paid off and we are still the Champion of SAFF U 18. He also said that Nepal started the tournament on a losing side which really motivated the team to work harder.
First goal came way to early unexpected from a free kick , Nepal’s most valuable player of the tournament Dinesh henjan scored with a deceiving ball at just 3rd minutes of the first Half. He doubled the lead for Nepal at 37th minutes of the game.
India with all their might try to come back to the game but Nepal held on to their lead and lifted the championship.
“I am very happy and I would like to thank our coach and people of Nepal for supporting us,” said Dinesh Henjan.
Bangladesh took the 1st runner up trophy, India with 2nd runner up trophy and Bhutan was awarded with fair play award.
Jafar Iqbal of Bangaldesh took the top goal scorer award with 5 goals in the tournament.
Meanwhile in the earlier game between Bhutan lost to Bangladesh 2-0 goals courtesy of Jafar Iqbal. All the four team had equal chance to become the champion. If Bhutan had defeated Bangladesh, Bhutan would have been the champion as Nepal defeated India on Head to head regulation.