Army, Police share spoils in openerThe tournament features seven teams in the double-leg format. It is the first time that women's league is organised in the country in the double-leg format.
Departmental teams Tribhuvan Army Club and Nepal Police Club shared points after a 0-0 draw in the curtain raiser of National Women's League football tournament played at the Dasharath Stadium in Tripureshwor on Thursday.
Army came closer to scoring early in the fourth minute when Police custodian Sapana Rai denied Bimala Chaudhary's strike from outside the area. Sapana Lama again squandered scoring chances in one-versus-one situation with goalie Rai.
In the 31st, Niru Thapa of Police ended up firing inches wide after collecting poor clearance by Army defenders. Police thought they had taken the lead seven minutes later when Thapa's strike on goal while goalie Rai was momentarily away from her position was defended by Kabita Dhimal.
One minute before the break, Army wasted a scoring chance when Rashi Ghising was denied by goalie Rai in a one-on-one situation. In the 65th, Police's Rekha Paudel ended up firing wide from the area. In the 71st, Police custodian Rai made a long stretch dive to deny Indira Rai's strike from the edge of the area.
On Thursday Nepal Armed Police Force Club will vie with Chandrapur Municipality while Biratnagar Metropolitan will take on Waling Municipality. Both matches will be played at ANFA Complex in Satdobato.
The tournament features seven teams in the double-leg format. It is the first time that women's league is organised in the country in the double-leg format. The winners of the tournament will get a purse of Rs 1.5 million while the second placed team will get Rs 800,000. Third and fourth positioned teams will walk away with Rs 500,000 and Rs 300,000 respectively. The best player will ride a two wheeler and best players in each of the four positions — goalkeeping, defense, midfield and forward — will earn Rs 50,000 apiece.