Gurkhas

Nepal Cup Final Brings Together Football And Gurkha Culture

The Queen's Gurkha Signals were crowned champions in the final at Aldershot.

The Queen's Gurkha Signals have been crowned the 2019 Nepal Cup winners in Aldershot.

They beat the First Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles 1-0 to win the trophy.

Before the match started, the crowd were treated to a traditional Gurkha game of Chhelo.

It is similar to shot-put where the player holds a 4kg stone and runs for a short distance before releasing. The winner is decided by who threw the stone the furthest.

David Lewis, who was a first-timer to the game, won the event and received a carry-off from the Gurkha team as his prize.

David Lewis was not expecting such a celebration after winning the traditional Gurkha game.

When the match kicked off, chances were few and far between but the Signals managed to edge in front midway through the first half.

Prasant Tamang's free kick from 25 yards flashed past the wall and flew into the bottom corner to spark a wild celebration from the Signals.

The Gurkha Rifles did go close to pulling level in the second half through a free-kick of their own.

Lamtari's strike was sweet but thumped back off the crossbar.

The Signals held on for the win to be crowned champions for 2019.