Jan. 11, 2018 - Sabitra Bhandari set a new record for the most league goals as Nepal APF team lifted the 16th National Women’s Football League title with a battling 3-1 win over arch rival Nepal Police Club on Thursday at ANFA Complex, Satdobato.
Sabitra Bhandari scored a brace and Saru Limbu netted apiece to hand APF the first title of the year. APF had earlier won CoAS title in November. In the six matches from the league round to the super-league, Sabitra scored 29 goals.
Bhandari put APF ahead early in the 17th minute. APF immediately doubled the lead through Saru Limbu after two minute.
Police could only reduce the margin through Rupa Magar in the 34th minute.
After winning the title, APF head coach Janak Singh credited the victory to the combined team work and team spirit.
The champions received Rs 200, 000 while the runner-up took home Rs. 100, 000. Third placed team, Police, earned Rs. 50, 000.
APF trio Anjali Tumbapo Subba (Goalkeeper), Sabitra Bhandari (Forward) and Janak Singh (Coach) won the individual honors of Rs 25, 000. Dipa Rai of Army and her teammate Anjali Waiba was named the best defender and midfielder respectively.
Earlier, in the first match of the day, Army thrashed far-Western 7-0 to become the runner-up of the league.
Skipper Krishna Khatri scored five goals alone in the 15th, 31st, 53rd, 56th, and 63rd minute of the match. Sharmila Thapa Magar (9’) and Bimala Chaudhary (25’) added each in the win for Army.
Minister for Youth and Sports Rajan KC was the chief guest at the final match.