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Khaptad Gold Cup gets CG as sponsor

- PRAJWAL OLI, Kathmandu

Dec 30, 2018-

Sudur Paschim XI Sports Club has signed title sponsorship deal with Nepal Ice of Chaudhary Group for the third International Invitational Sudur Paschim Khaptad Gold Cup football tournament. The knock out event is scheduled to be held in Dhangadhi from January 8-19. 

Club President Suresh Hamal and CG Brewery senior general manager Pradip Pudasaini signed the deal during a programme in Kathmandu. The complete financial deal between the two parties was not disclosed, while the tournament will continue to be named as Nepal Ice Sudur Paschim Khaptad Gold Cup. “CG has supported us generously but we have agreed not to disclose the sponsorship amount,” said Hamal adding that the club had initiated to start the tournament as the Far-west was the only region of the country which did not have single top level tournament in. “We founded Sudhur Paschim XI Sports Club three years back and have been working to contribute in the development of the game,” he said. 

Pudasaini believed his company had reasons to be associated with the event. “The tournament has played special role in the development of football and sports as a whole in the whole Far West Region. It is matter of pride for CG to get associated with it. We will give continuity to the partnership in future as well,” said Pudasaini. 

The tournament will feature 12 teams including Three Star Club, Nepal Police Club, Sankata Club, Nepal APF Club, Chyasal Youth Club, Gorkha Boys (Rupandehi), Kakadbhitta Football Training Center (Jhapa) and hosts Sudur Paschim XI with Delhi United of India as the only foreign invitee. “We are in talks with Martyrs Memorial ‘A’ Division League champions Manang Marshyangdi Club (MMC) and they will confirm about their participation in few days,” informed club general secretary Prakash Shahi. “The remaining two teams will also be confirmed shortly.” 

The tournament will be without defending champions Tribhuvan Army Club as they were handed a ban by the organisers. “Army players had manhandled our players during Sarlahai Gold Cup final last year. So we have decided not to include them for one-year as a disciplinary action against them,” he added. 

Shahi boasted that his club has not only formed the club but also recruited players on round-the-year basis. “We had competed in 10 knock out football tournaments across the country last year,” he said. The tournament will also be highest cash-prized domestic knockout event with the winners walking away with a purse of Rs 2.1 million and the runners up taking home Rs 1 million. 

The best player will ride a two wheeler. Best players in four difference positions—goalkeeping, midfield, defense and forward—will get Rs 15,000 apiece. The man-of-the-match of each game will get Rs 10,000 each. The expected cost of the event is Rs 14 million.

Published: 30-12-2018 08:25

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