For the first time in over 23 years, Nepal won an international tournament in football earlier today. Jai Nepal!!
They defeated Bahrain 3-0 in the final of Bangabandhu Gold Cup Football Tournament – an U-23 tournament for South Asian countries. From what I can gather, the whole country was glued to their TV sets cheering on their countrymen!
Arvind Das Joshi, one of SIRC’s visionary board members, wrote the following post about this historic win. A celebration of this great achievement but also a lament for the state of his beloved Nepal. With his kind permission, I am reproducing it here.
Watched Nepal beat Bahrain by 3-0 and come out WINNERS. Congratulation all our players and coach.
At last, an event to be happy and proud of, amidst the buffonery and chaos our political masters have created.
Our politicians could learn from our young football team on the basic fundamentals to be winners – good team work, excellent coordination, cooperation, trust among each other, unselfish behaviour, committment and respect for each other.
Bal Gopal Maharjan has the qualities of a great Manager. KPO [Nepal’s Prime Minister] could learn from him in managing his jumbo team of DPMs, Full Ministers, Half Ministers and Quarter Ministers.
Foreign coach or consultants does not always brings the results. Nepalese have the expertise to produce winners.
Wondering how our football team will be rewarded for their results. Our government doles out millions to non performers, corrupt politicians and party workers.
My heart pours out to our countrymen laboring in Bahrain and other middle eastern countries. When will there be development and employment oppurtunities in Nepal so that they can remain home with their loved ones.
Umesh Pradhan, my brother and a great footballer, you are missed today in Nepal. Nepal just scored big after a long, long time.