Maldives draw first game against Nepal in SAFF championship

The Maldives national football drew its first game 1-1 with Nepal on Friday at the SAFF Championship in New Delhi, India.

Captain Ali Ashfaq gave the Maldives the lead just before half-time with a powerful left-footed shot from 25 yards while Sandeep Rai levelled the score with a header at the near post from a Nepalese corner after the restart.

The other game in group B between Pakistan and Bangladesh ended in a scoreless draw.