Nepal had a win today!

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!

Photo credit Kathmandu Post

Photo credit Kathmandu Post.  Nepal are in blue jerseys

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.

Nepal win kissing cup

About Kate Coffey

After 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2013-2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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