Sunday, April 21

Bijaya joins Machhindra

By a Staff Reporter

Kathmandu – Defending champions Machhindra Football Club roped in Three Star Club’s forward Bijaya Bhujel for the upcoming top-flight league.

The 26-years old forward – Bijaya, began his professional footballing career from the Patan-based Three Star in 2019. Bijaya was a renowned name in the Gold Cups before joining the stars. While playing Pathivara Gold Cup, his performance caught the eyes of Three Star’s head coach Megh Raj KC. He then was invited for trial in Three Star Club, where he proved his worth. His performance impressed KC and the club officials.

Bijaya didn’t have to wait long to debut in Nepal’s top-tier league. He got his first taste in the very first game of the League. In the club’s first league outing against Jawalakel Youth Club in the Martyr’s Memorial League 2019/20, Bijay replaced African rookie Aliu Olas in the 75th minute.

However, he had his stay to forget at the patan-based club. He started in hardly any of Three Star’s outing and had inadequate game time. During his 3 years stint, his only goal came against Sankata Club in the most recent edition of Martyr’s Memorial ‘A’ Division League. Bijaya found the back of the net at the dying moment which broke Sankata’s unbeaten streak.

Parting the ways with the 3 times Martyr’s Memorial ‘A’ Divison Champion, Bijaya joined the defending champions Machhindra FC on Wednesday. “I am pleased and excited at a same time to join one of the best clubs in Nepal. This is a league champion team and I have a huge responsibility to fulfil,” said Bijaya after penning down with the reigning champions.

“The club showed their belief in me, and I have to make sure that I won’t break their trust. I believe I will learn much more here and prove my worth.” Bijaya added.

With Martyr’s Memorial ‘A’ Divison League kicking off on March 3, Nepali football is all set to experience a double round-robin league for the first time in a decade. The last time domestic football happened in a double round-robin format was in National League that concluded in 2014 where Three Star Club was crowned champions.

Machhindra previously welcomed Pujan Uperkoti, Nisen Subba, Prashant Awasthi, Dipesh Ghale, and Saurav Baral. They further extended contracts with Devendra Tamang, Bimal Gharti Magar, Sujal Shrestha, Bishal Shrestha, Rajeen Dhimal, and Abhishek Gurung.

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