Updated: July 26, 2022 12:20 p.m. STI
Bhubaneshwar (Odisha) [India]July 26 (ANI): Nepal and Bangladesh recorded victories in their opening matches of the SAFF U-20 Championship which kicked off Monday at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
While Nepal beat Maldives 4-0 in the opening match, Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by just one goal in the day’s other game.
Dipesh Gurung put Nepal ahead in the 42nd minute, while Sugam Suwal doubled the lead in the 57th minute. Kritish Chhunju scored the third goal in the 62nd minute, while Managya Nakarmi completed the rout in injury time.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh assisted in a 71st-minute Mirajul Islam strike to beat Sri Lanka and opened their SAFF U-20 Championship tally with a victory.
India will start their campaign against Bangladesh on July 27, 2022. Earlier on Tuesday, the coaches of the five South Asian teams joined in the praise of the city’s world-class sports facilities.
Speaking to the media ahead of the start of the tournament, India head coach Shanmugam Venkatesh said how extended access to such facilities has helped his team develop as long-term footballers.
“We are prepared for the SAFF Championship and the boys are really motivated. For us, it will be good preparation for the AFC U-20 Asian Cup qualifiers, and all our players know the importance of it. step by step as part of our development,” Venkatesh had said.
“I have to thank the government of Odisha for providing such world-class facilities for the tournament. We have also been training here for a long time, and it has really helped the boys to develop,” he added. (ANI)