Clash of the Titans

Chaitra 1st, first day of last month as per Nepali calendar, a very exciting day for Nepali football lovers.

Especially for supporters of two clubs, Manang Marshyangdi Club (MMC) and Nepal Police Club (NPC) as both these giants prepare to battle it out for the 18th Aaha Rara Gold Cup.

The question is, which one of them is better?
NPC have won the title for a record six times and were runners up three times. On the other hand, MMC have lifted the title five times and were runners up on five occasions.

Final match of the 18th Aaha Rara Gold Cup between NPC and MMC won’t just decide who will be lifting the trophy but in some way will also be deciding on which team is the ultimate champion of this tournament.

NPC have been nicked as the “Lucky Team” of this ongoing tournament as they have overcome three tie breakers so far. Whereas, MMC has always shown their dominance in this tournament.

Looking at the records, NPC and MMC have reached the final 8 and 10 times respectively. NPC have won the “best players of the tournament “award 6 times with Hari Khadka ( 2058), Deepak Paudel (2061), Ananta Thapa (2062), Jumanu Rai (2065), Ritesh Thapa (2066) and Rabi Paswan (2074). Whereas, Basanta Thapa (2060) and Bishwash Shrestha (2072) have won it for MMC.

On the other hand, MMC dominates the tally on “ Higher scorer of the Tournament” award. Basanta Thapa (2061), Nirodhin Slao (2063), Sujal Shrestha (2067),(2070) &(2071), Anil Gurung (2071) and Olawale (2072) have all won it for MMC. Whereas, Dev Narayan Chaudhari (2059), Ananta Thapa (2060) & (2064), Jumanu Rai (2065) and Suman Lama(2075) have shown their scoring skills and won it for NPC.

Aaha Rara Gold Cup which is considered as a “Pearl Tournament” amongst various other Gold Cup conducted in Nepal. It is well known for its proper management. Despite the global emergency of Corona epidemic, the tournament is coming to a conclusive end.

Manoj Thapa/KhelkudNepal

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