MMC, Sahara to battle for Aaha Rara Cup

Who will really lift the title? MMC (left) and Sahara coach/captain pose with a shield during pre-match press conference held in Pokhara Stadium today. Picture: Sudarshan Ranjit—Pokhara: Four-time Aaha Rara Gold Cup champion Manang Marshyangdi Club (MMC) take on hosts Sahara Club Pokhara (SCP) in a final Match of 15th Aaha Rara Gold Cup Football Tournament in Pokhara Stadium on Saturday.

When MMC will be trying to lift the title for the fifth time SCP will try to take the title in their home tomorrow. SCP have reached final for the third time in the history of Aaha Rara cup that the team had lifted in its 12th edition. MMC have advanced to final of Aaha Rara for 10 times including the Caravan Gold Cup held in 2058 BS.

It won’t be easy for SCP to edge the strong MMC that however had been defeated by former in the 12th edition. MMC have advanced into final 10 times while SCP only three times in that tournament history.

MMC earlier defeated Dharan FC and CMG Club Sankata to enter semi finals and final respectively. Likewise, SCP outplayed Far Western FC, Sikkim United and Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) in pre-quarters, quarters and semi finals respectively to meet with MMC in final battle.

Sahara had played defensive match to check TAC in semi finals but will the team resort on same strategy in final too? SCP’s coacher Kiran Shrestha didn’t give clear answer in pre-match press conference held in stadium today. He however accepted that MMC was strong team and SCP will play their full to lift the title.

MMC coacher Chhiring Lopsang Gurung said that his team’s sprit is good and the team had defeated SCP in Hetauda Gold Cup too. So, according to him, his team will lift the title this time too.

Published on: January 27, 2017 2:23 pm

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