While sports lovers across the country are jubilant after Nepal defeated India in the final of men’s football in the 12th South Asian Games (SAG) on Monday, the family of Nepal’s star striker Nawayug Shrestha is extremely happy over his performance.
Nawayug hailing from Illam scored two hat-tricks for Nepal in the regional tournament. The blitzing performance by Shrestha secured Nepal’s journey to the final of the tournament after 17 years.
He continued his impressive run in the final against India and scored the game winning goal, booking his name as the highest goal scorer of the tournament.
Shrestha’s father, mother and grandmother too are happy after Nepal defeated India to claim the gold medal in the SAG after 23 years.
“I don’t have any words to describe how happy I am,” said Shrestha’s father Chandrasekhar, adding that he is happy for the country’s achievement.
He, however, expressed his disappointment for not being able to talk to his son soon after the match.
“We couldn’t contact him on Monday,” he said.
Shrestha’s mother Basundhara said she couldn’t control her tears after her son scored in the final.
“I had never imagined my son could be so successful. It’s the happiest day of my life.”
Shrestha’s grandmother said she is glad that her grandson performed so well in the tournament.