Nepal is experiencing its first-ever franchise football tournament, the Nepal Super League. The tournament starts from 24 April to 8 March 2021 at the Dashrath Stadium, Kathmandu. It is the first major franchise tournament held in the country and something new for football fans to cherish.
While it came as a surprise for many, it came at the right time. Nepalese football had rejuvenated following the Tri-Nation Cup Triumph against Bangladesh. And what better time to welcome a tournament of this magnitude.
Format Of Nepal Super League (NSL)
Nepal Super League will consist of seven city-based franchises from Nepal. The whole tournament will be played under the Round-Robin format where each team will play against one another.
The champion is determined by the team that wins the most number of games except in the case of a draw. It is one of the most sought-after and popular styles as it provides equal chances and reduces luck factors, unlike the knockout systems.
All the matches are played at the Dashrath Rangasala (Stadium) in Kathmandu.
Franchises In Nepal Super League
Nepal Super League consists of seven franchises based in different cities from Nepal. Also, all the team players will be selected through auction and each team will consist of 20 players in the squad including three foreign players.
Similarly, the names of the franchises are Dhangadi FC, Kathmandu Rayzrs FC, Lalitpur City FC, Biratnagar City FC, Butwal Lumbini FC Chitwan, and Pokhara Thunders.
Nepal Super League Player Auction
After the much-awaited player’s auction on March 19, a total of 158 players were listed for the draft of NSL. The players under close camp are listed on the ‘A’ category while the remaining wear on the ‘B; category.
A total of 98 players were sold in the auction with each franchise picking one marquee player for the squad. The list of marquee players are as follows:
Dhangadi FC Marquee player : Bishal Rai
Kathmandu Rayzrs FC: Bikesh Kuthu
Lalitpur City FC: Anjan Bista
Biratnagar City FC: Ranjeet Dhimal
Butwal Lumbini FC: Bishal Shrestha
FC Chitwan: Bharat Khawas
Impact From NSL
The tournament is organized under the technical guidelines of the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA). Similarly, it has become a breath of fresh air in the football scenario of the country.
The passion of the football fans reignited after the triumph in the Tri-Nation Cup & fans are eager to see more. National Sports Council Ramesh Kumar Silwal & ANFA president Karma Tsering Sherpa also conveyed their excitement praising the concept of the tournament.
Also, the idea was a long time coming and it has attracted many cooperate houses which assists the financial side of the sport. So, looking at all the prospects football fans are hopeful for the start of a new era in Nepali Football.