Nepali goal machine Sabitra Bhandari signs for an Israeli club Hapoel Ra’anana FC, Making History
In an unprecedented move, Sabitra Bhandari, a prominent figure in Nepali football, has accomplished a remarkable feat by becoming the first Nepali footballer to secure a contract with a European team. The talented player, widely known as ‘Samba,’ is revered as one of the top female footballers in South Asia. Sabitra Bhandari, a renowned figure in Nepal, has established herself as a prominent player through her exceptional performances for APF FC in Nepal as well as Sethu FC, and Gokulam Kerala in the Indian Women’s League.
Having earned numerous records in India, including the all-time highest number of goals scored and the most goals in a single season, Bhandari is also Nepal’s leading goal scorer with an impressive tally of 43 goals. Her extraordinary achievements have garnered immense attention, with her recent move to the Ligat Nashim, the top-flight Israeli league, serving as a significant milestone in her football journey. Enthusiastically following European football, including prestigious tournaments like the Champions League and Premier League, Bhandari considers this opportunity a dream come true, bringing her closer to her aspirations.
Following a record-breaking performance in the Indian Women’s League (IWL) earlier this year, Bhandari received numerous inquiries from agents eager to represent her. It was her remarkable season that paved the way for her to transcend continents and embark on her European football adventure. Bhandari acknowledges that her breakthrough into European football will not only propel her career but also open doors for other Nepali footballers to reach new heights. Her move is seen as a realization of the collective dreams of many devoted fans who have longed to witness a Nepali player in a European league.
Nepali Football Star Sabitra Bhandari Makes History with European League Signing
Bhandari attributes her unique qualities, such as speed and a keen eye for goal, as the factors that set her apart from her peers in the South Asian region. These skills are predictable to make a significant contribution to her new team in Israel. Eager to make an impact, she has already commenced following a tailored fitness regimen prescribed by her new club’s trainers. With utmost confidence, Bhandari believes that the dedicated fitness program provided by the coaches at Ra’anana will enable her to attain the required level of fitness when she joins the team.
The success of Sabitra Bhandari serves as a beacon of hope for aspiring Nepali footballers, as she blazes a trail toward greater recognition and opportunities on the global stage. By achieving her European dream, she not only fulfills her own ambitions but also paves the way for others to follow in her footsteps.