Nepal to host South Asian tournament

Nepal will stage South Asia's biggest football tournament in September with eight countries from the region competing, organisers say.

India, Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Nepal will take part in the 11-day annual South Asian Football Federation Championship.

"This is the biggest (football) tournament we have organised in Nepal," said Indra Man Tuladhar from the All Nepal Football Association.

The competition will kick off on 1 September in the 18,000-capacity Dasharath Rangashala stadium in Kathmandu, which is being specially renovated.

The winning team will take home US$50,000 ($54,165) while the runner-up will receive US$25,000 ($27,082).

Cricket-mad South Asia countries are mostly international minnows, with Afghanistan the highest ranked country at 140 and India even lower at 147, according to FIFA.

Last year's South Asia Championship was organised in the Indian capital with the host emerging with the trophy.

Nepal held the first Championship in 1997.

Source AFP