Monday, April 15

All eyes fixed on top three clubs for upcoming league matches

By a Staff Reporter

Kathmandu – The next three rounds of matches under the Qatar Airways Martyrs Memorial A Division League are expected to be quite interesting. The reason is that one of the top teams among the four that have acquired AFC Club License will feature in the AFC Cup qualifies after the completion of the seventh round of matches.

Out of the four clubs that have acquired license, three including Machhindra Football Club, Manang Marshayangi Club and Tribhuvan Army Club are among the top three clubs in the points table. Machhindra sit atop the standings with 10 points followed by Manang and Army.

Another licensed club, APF, lies on the rock bottom with just one point and are out of contention for the qualifiers. For APF, their struggle to avoid relegation is more important than qualifying for the AFC Cup qualifiers. Therefore, all eyes will be fixed on the matches of Machhindra, Manang and Army in the next three rounds.

Moreover, the top two clubs – Machhindra and Manang – will be vying with each other on December 25 in the sixth round match. Probably, that match will decide which team qualifies for the AFC Cup qualifiers.

Prior to that, Army will face Satdobato in the first match of the fifth round on December 17. On the same day, Machhindra will take on Sankata. Manang will lock horns with Police Club on December 18 at Pokhara Stadium.

In the sixth round, Army will face Three Star on December 26 and against APF in the seventh round on December 31. On January 1, Manang will face BBC in the seventh round match in Pokhara. Likewise, Machhindra will play against Police on January 2 in Kathmandu.

ANFA had unveiled the schedule up to ninth round on Monday. Among them, Manang will play three matches in Pokhara while all  other matches will be held at the Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu. Manang will play their eighth round match against Chyasal in Pokhara on January 8.

Machhindra’s matches

December 17 vs Sankata 4:45 pm Dasharath Stadium

December 10 vs Manang 4:45 pm Dasharath Stadium

January 2 vs Police 4:45 pm Dasharath Stadium

Manang’s matches

December 18 vs Police 2:00 pm Pokhara Stadium

December 25 vs Machhindra 4:45 pm Dasharath Stadium

January 1 vs BBC 2:00 pm Pokhara Stadium

Army’s matches

December 17 vs Satdobato 1:00 pm Dasharath Stadium

December 26 vs Three Star 4:45 pm Dasharath Stadium

December 31 vs APF 1:00 pm Dasharath Stadium

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