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Nepal Super League 2: HamroKhelkud Best XI
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Nepal Super League 2: HamroKhelkud Best XI

Kathmandu (HamroKhelkud) - The second edition of the Nepal Super League concluded with Lalitpur City FC emerging victorious over Dhangadhi FC in the final. The tournament surpassed expectations set by the inaugural edition and boasted an impressive crowd turnout and featured high-profile foreign acquisitions.  Now, more than a week after the end of the grand spectacle, HamroKhelkud has meticulously selected the best XI of the second edition, following a thorough thought process. The team set-up is within the limit of five foreign players in the starting XI. Here’s how the team shapes up: Goalkeeper: Stepan Cupic (Jhapa FC) Jhapa FC's Serbian goalkeeper, Stefan Cupic, delivered an impressive performance throughout the tournament. Despite Jhapa FC bowing out before the pl...
Lalitpur crowned new champions of the Nepal Super League 
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Lalitpur crowned new champions of the Nepal Super League 

Sudesh Baniya, Kathmandu From the very first minute of what was supposed to be a clash of characters, it was obvious that the side with the most efficient switches would win. As Lalitpur City FC came from behind against Dhangadhi FC to clinch their first Nepal Super League title, scoring three, all five goals of the match came from significant contributions from the wings. In front of a capacity crowd at the Dasharath stadium, Dhangadhi were quick to make their intent obvious – launching attacks predominantly from the left using Ahmed Hijazi to their advantage.  Backed by Ashish Chaudhary, the approach to exploit spaces left behind by Lalitpur’s flying fullback, Sanish Shrestha, came to fruition in the 38th minute. Collecting a long ball off Ashish, Hijazi was quick to beat t...
Dhangadhi and Lalitpur aim to win the battle of characters in NSL finale
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Dhangadhi and Lalitpur aim to win the battle of characters in NSL finale

Sudesh Baniya, Kathmandu Despite the differences in their campaigns, both Ian Gillan and Yugal Kishor Rai agree on how today’s final will be decided. It will require a mix of individual characters, tactical adaptions, and hunger. The verdict: hungrier boys will win. Dhangadhi FC face Lalitpur City FC in the final of Nepal Super League’s second edition on Saturday, which is delicately poised with both sides coming off tight, yet morale-boosting wins. While Dhangadhi’s quest to better stinging finale defeat in the first season will have a thrust of being better prepared with the extra days following their win over Pokhara Thunders on Monday, Lalitpur come to their first finale bruised, but confident. “I'm not making excuses,” Lalitpur’s head coach Gillan said. “The turnaround t...
Kushal Deuba: Lalitpur’s 17-year-old sensation
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Kushal Deuba: Lalitpur’s 17-year-old sensation

Sandesh Sigdel, Kathmandu Lalitpur City FC's roaring fans were introduced to the enthralling tale of a 17-year-old prodigy, Kushal Deuba, as the team advanced to the final of the second edition of the Nepal Super League. Despite being reduced to ten men for more than 90 minutes, Lalitpur secured victory with Kushal's remarkable 99th-minute goal, clinching a 2-1 win over Pokhara Thunders in additional extra time. Kushal's pivotal goal has elevated him to a distinct pedestal. Despite being a relatively undiscovered talent in Nepali football, the 17-year-old Nepal U-19 international has now become a revelation, much to the delight of Lalitpur and their coach, Ian Andrew Gillan. Hailing from Far West of Nepal, Mahendranagar, Kushal embraced his passion for football from a youn...
Nepal Super League (NSL) Prize Money Doubled For Second Edition
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Nepal Super League (NSL) Prize Money Doubled For Second Edition

By a Staff Reporter Kathmandu (HamroKhelkud) - The prize money for the winners of the Nepal Super League (NSL) has been doubled from the first edition. Shreyans Karki, the managing director of Nepal Sports and Events Management (NSEM), the organizers of NSL, announced through a press release three days prior to the finals that the winners will receive 70 lakh rupees. In contrast to the previous edition where the winners were awarded NPR 35 lakh, the prize money has been doubled. The second-placed team will now receive 20 lakh rupees, as mentioned in the statement issued by NSEM. NSEM President Ashrayta Karki Chaudhary expressed the organization's dedication to professionalizing Nepali football and creating an environment where players can thrive, ensuring a sustainable care...
Lalitpur Shatter Kathmandu To Edge Closer To NSL Final
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Lalitpur Shatter Kathmandu To Edge Closer To NSL Final

Sandesh Sigdel, Kathmandu Lalitpur City FC have replicated their journey from the first edition of the Nepal Super League (NSL) by advancing to the same stage they were eliminated from in the second edition. They secured a victory in the Eliminator, defeating the defending champions Kathmandu RayZrs 3-0, and have now earned their spot in Qualifier 2. Imoh Ezekiel scored twice for Lalitpur in the win, while the other goal came from their big center-forward Papa Kebe.  Lalitpur chose to start with Aditya Shakya and Ashwin Ghorasainee, the latter making his inaugural appearance in this edition, stepping in for the injured Roshan Pahari and the suspended Omolaja Kareem. Kathmandu, too, faced adjustments in their starting XI due to one-match bans for Amit Tamang and Tojidinov...
Dhangadhi Edge Pokhara On Penalties To Make Their Second NSL Final
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Dhangadhi Edge Pokhara On Penalties To Make Their Second NSL Final

Sandesh Sigdel, Kathmandu In an outing outlined by comebacks, Dhangadhi FC eclipsed Pokhara Thunders 4-3 on penalties in the first qualifier to mark their place in the final of the second edition of the Nepal Super League. Dhangadhi came back from a deficit twice in the match to force a penalty shootout and come away with a win. Pokhara were clearly instructed by their head coach, Nabin Neupane, to exploit Dhangadhi’s high-line tactics by playing the ball over the top and that is how they went ahead in just the fifth minute of the match. Stephan Annor’s long ball was met by Moses Gyabba on the left flank, who then played a cross into the box. Dipesh Ale Magar, in his attempt to guide the ball towards the goal, deflected it towards Ayush Ghalan who was lurking at the far post to ...
Butwal End Birgunj’s Playoff Aspirations, Lalitpur Go Through
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Butwal End Birgunj’s Playoff Aspirations, Lalitpur Go Through

Sandesh Sigdel, Kathmandu Butwal Lumbini FC’s late winner has denied Birgunj United FC their place in the playoffs of the second edition of the Nepal Super League. Substitute Chandan Das scored the winning goal for Butwal to end Birgunj’s run in the tournament. Birgunj, who needed a win to put them through, fumbled their chances and went on to lose the match. Sanoj Shrestha’s men failed to convert their chances from the very start of the match. Butwal also troubled them at the back with ventures of their own. Butwal winger Gillespye Jung Karki was the one heading their attacking plays. His shot early on from inside the box was deflected wide while his cross a few minutes later was collected by Deep. Birgunj appealed for a penalty in the 16th minute after Opoku went down co...
Late Equalizer Against Dhangadhi Seals Top Spot For Pokhara
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Late Equalizer Against Dhangadhi Seals Top Spot For Pokhara

Sandesh Sigdel, Kathmandu A late equalizer from Pokhara’s talisman Moses Gyabba has sealed the top spot for Pokhara Thunders in the second edition of the Nepal Super League. Moses, who entered the pitch in the second half after being rested from the starting XI, scored the equalizer in the 90th minute.  In the 42nd minute, Dhangadhi seized the lead when Ahmad Hijazi, securing the ball near his own box, delivered a precise long pass to Olawale. Despite Franklin Talla's effective coverage, Olawale managed to regain possession. Talla's subsequent attempt to pass to goalkeeper Yves Priso lacked enough power, resulting in an easy interception by Olawale. Without hesitation, Olawale squared the ball to Milan Rai, who effortlessly converted it into a goal. Pokhara, despite a valiant...
Defending Champions Kathmandu Shocked By Birgunj’s Onslaught 
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Defending Champions Kathmandu Shocked By Birgunj’s Onslaught 

Sandesh Sigdel, Kathmandu Defending champions Kathmandu RayZrs were dealt with a massive blow in their playoff bid in the second edition of the Nepal Super League after their 4-1 loss against Birgunj United FC in an encounter that could have taken them closer to the top four in case of any other upshot. William Opoku’s hat-trick and an own goal from Anjan Rai made up the four goals for Birgunj. But it was Kathmandu who stomped their foot first in the game. In the 20th minute, Nkengue Junior capitalized on a ball redirected towards him by Tej Tamang's unsuccessful clearance following Hisub Thapaliya's struggle to control a Kuldip Karki cross and put Kathmandu in front. However, in the 38th minute, Kathmandu wasted a big opportunity to double the lead through a penalty. Dipenk ...
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