Bembem Devi bids farewell with football gold
Indian women's football team handed a fitting farewell to iconic Oinam Bembem Devi as the hosts trounced Nepal 4-0 to clinching the gold medal in the 12th South Asian Games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, here on Monday. Young and athletic Kamala Devi Yumnam was the architect of the win with a double strike (32nd, 56th minutes) while the experienced duo of captain Bembem and Ngangom Bala Devi marshalled the midfield brilliantly to hand India its second successive title at the SAG. India toyed with Nepalese defence in the second half with another Manipuri duo of Bala Devi (71st) and Ashalata Devi (80th) completing the rout.
Goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan also impressed blocking a header at 63 minutes.