Panaji: Three young Goan footballers, who were part of an Indian Under-14 girls’ team on tour in Kathmandu, have been rescued and are likely to arrive in Goa late on Monday.

The three footballers Ashika Gadekar (goalkeeper), Sushmita Jadhav (forward) and Soumya Mukund (forward) — were evacuated by a National Disaster Response Force team, which is engaged in rescue efforts in Nepal, devastated by a powerful earthquake on Saturday.

Speaking to IANS, Goa Football Association president Elvis Gomes said that the three footballers were rescued along with the entire team on Sunday and had already arrived in New Delhi early Monday.

“They are expected to land tonight. Obviously we are relieved. They are promising footballers,” Gomes said. 

The Goan trio had left for Nepal last month along with the rest of the team to participate in an Asian Football Confederation tournament at the Dasarath stadium in Kathmandu.