July 8, KATHMANDU : Barca Nepal’s initiative: Weekend Futsal League has seen a tremendous response from its members and players as it now has only one match day to complete. The fourth match day saw Bagmati Bulls, Karnali Fishers and Rapti Rhinos get an edge over their respective opponents in an ambiance filled with enthusiastic football fans.
The first match saw league leaders and to-be-crowned champions Bagmati Bulls score 8 goals against Narayani Lion’s 5. The hero for Bulls was Shiva Shrestha, who netted astounding 6 goals, thanks to well balanced Bulls’ team and proper coordination with Santosh Chaudhari. The other two players on scoresheet for the Bulls were Sitaram Dahal and Santosh Chaudhari,scoring on the 27th and 11th minute. Narayani Lions saw second highest scorer Manjil Raut score 4 and Shuva Thapa get one goals, which simply was not enough against the Bulls. Shiva Shrestha now stands at the top for the Golden Boot, one more than Manjil Raut.
Karnali Fishers beat Koshi Tigers 10-6 as Aayam Baral and Lekhraj Khadka scored 3 with a brace from Manoj Gautam and a goal each from Jhalak Tamang and Anil Sapkota. The Koshi Tigers, captained by Sailesh Dahal took a momentary lead as they netted 2 early, which was overturned as the score at the half time was 4-2. Braces from Ajeet Satyal and Abhishek Ranjit somehow showed the glimpse of comeback for the Tigers, but anxious display saw them concede frequently. Captain Sailesh’s long range stunner was a delight to watch, though!
Finally, the third and last fixture of the day went in favour of Rapti Rhinos, captained by Bijay Khadka. Bijay Lamichhane scored a hattrick with braces from Pemba Jangbu and Abhiskar Rai. Gandaki Wolves scored 4, thanks to Pujan’s brace and a goal each from Sajiv Badal and Prabin Tamang. The final score saw Rhinos score 7 against Wolves’ 4.
As we get closer to the closing ceremony, the last match day will see Gandaki Wolves take on Koshi Tigers as the first match, Bagmati Bulls take on the Karnali Fishers and Rapti Rhinos take on Narayani Lions. With the end of Weekend Futsal League, Barca Nepal now aims to extend this opportunity along with female futsal with the inclusion of several other programs in near future.