Defending champion Mamang Marshyandi Club (MMC) has clinched the title of the 15th Aaha! Rara Gold Cup on Saturday, January 28, 2017.
In the final match, MMC secured 1-0 victory against host Sahara Club to defend the title held at Pokhara Stadium. This is the fifth title for MMC.
A lone goal from Kamal Shrestha in the 70th minute of the match was a match winning goal for Manang.
With the win, MMC won a cash prize of Rs 501,000 along with the medals and a trophy. Similarly, Sahara received a cash prize of Rs 251,000 and silver medals as runner-up. MMC’s Shrestha was also adjudged man of the match.
Sahara’s Sojit Gurung was declared best player and best goalkeeper. He received a scooter. Karna Limbu of Jhapa XI was the highest scorer with three goals. Limbu was awarded with Rs 25,000.
MMC’s Kamal Shrestha won best defender, Sujal Shrestha best mid-fielder, Sahara’s Shiva Subedi best striker. They all got Rs 15,000 each.
In the semis match held on Thursday, MMC beat Sankata Club 1-0 to make it to final berth. Sahara had won over Tribhuvan Army Club 4-3 in tie-breaker in first semis on Wednesday.