Sankata enter semi-finals

  • Khaptad Gold Cup
- MOHAN BUDHAYER, DHANGADHI

Jan 16, 2019-

Sankata Club eke out a 1-0 win over Dauphins FC and send the Cameroonian outfits packing home from the first match of the Khaptad Gold Cup football tournament in Dhangadhi on Tuesday. 

Sankata’s Cameroonian recruit Ellon Maxwell struck the winning goal in the second minute of the game to send the Martyrs Memorial ‘A’ Division League runners-up in the semi-finals. Maxwell beat goalie Gurllaunce in one-on-one situation after he collected a long pass from Laxman Ruchal. Winger Ruchal could have doubled their advantage in the 12th minute but he failed to beat the diving Cameroonian goalie Gurllaunce inside the area. The first half stoppage time saw Dauphins skipper Joseph fire off target from the edge of the area. 

Dauphins also wasted scoring opportunity five minute after restart as Junior headed wide in Armel’s cross in a situation where Sankata goalkeeper Raja Babu Thapa was out of his position. Nia also came closer to scoring in the 53rd minute only to see his header sail inches wide following a pass from Tina. Tina also squandered another chance for Dauphins two minutes from time as he fired off target in a Junior pass. Sankata skipper and central defender Rabi Silwal was declared man-of-the-match and won Rs 10,000. Sankata will take on Nepal Police Club on Thursday for a place in the final. 

Dauphins coach Ashik Thapa Magar said that his team could not perform to its potential due to the lengthy travel. “The players were jet lagged and failed to give their best,” said Magar. Sankata coach Salyan Khadgi said his team played according to the plan and eked out a win. “We should have scored more goals in the first half and we resorted to protecting the lead after the break,” said Khadgi. Organised by the Far West XI Football Club, the tournament offers Rs 2.1 million to the champions and Rs 1 million to runners-up.

Published: 16-01-2019 07:14

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