Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) beat its departmental mate Nepal Police Club (NPC) by 2-0 to get a semi-final berth in the ongoing ANFA Cup Football Tournament at Dasarath Rangashala, Tripureswor, Kathmandu, on Thursday.
A goal each from Nawayug Shrestha and Deepak Gurung helped Army knock out Police from the tournament. With the win, Army coach Meghraj KC said his team has 33.3 percent chances to win the title as per the calculation of the matches.
Despite the match somewhat dominated by Army’s team, both the teams were goalless until 33rd minute when Army’s Shrestha scored a goal through a pass from Deep Lama to lead the match.
Similarly, Army’s team continued its dominating spirit even in the second half, as Deepak Gurung doubled the score to 2-0 ulitilising the poor defense of Police in the 72nd minute of the match.
“Despite sunny day, the team managed to win the match,” says coach KC. “We conducted trainings for a month and half before the tournament.”
However, coach KC says the team could not perform as compared to the training session due to the scorching sun.
NPC also created good opportunities to score in today's match but all went in vain. Police had good opportunity to equalise the score in the 35th minute but Jumanu Rai’s attempt was brilliantly saved by the goalie Bikash Malla.
NPC coach Birat Krishna Shrestha says his players lacked coordination. “The team did not follow the norms.”
The boys could not control the ball and hold positions, says the coach.
Rai could have possibly scored in the 85th minute but he was confused about hitting the ball that was inside the box. The ball was apparently saved by the goalkeeper.
Now, Sankata Club and Morang Football Club (MFC) will vie in another knock-out match on Friday.