ANFA bids farewell to Nepal team

March 24 2017 - The All Nepal Football Association on Friday bade farewell to the Nepal National team that is travelling to the Philippines to play their first match of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers.

Nepal, pitted in Group F with Tajikistan, Yemen and the Philippines, play their first match of the qualifiers on March28 at Rizal Memorial Stadium in Mania.

Speaking at the farewell program, Chief Guest Minister for Youth and Sports Daljit Shrepaili, thanked the ANFA for giving him the opportunity to bid farewell to a ‘team that has won the hearts of millions of Nepalis’.

He expressed his belief that Nepal would maintain their winning momentum, refereeing to Nepal’s winning streak of eight matches since early 2016.

“Give us the opportunity to honour you again and again,” he said, vowing to works towards renovating the damaged infrastructure as early as possible to resume football activities in the country.

ANFA President Narendra Shrestha apologized for not arranging a friendly ahead of the match against Philippines. He motivated the team by giving examples of the team’s splendid performance against Jordan and the clubs of Tajikistan in the AFC President’s Cup.

“ I am confident that you have the potentials to compete against any side. Our past performances against the powerhouses of Asia stand as a testimony of your fighting spirit. I would like to request you to give your best not caring about the final outcome,” he added.

Nepal team coach Gyotuku Koji rated the fixtures of the qualifiers as ‘highly competitive’ and an opportunity for the Nepal to improve their performance.

“All the teams in the qualifiers are strong. This is an opportunity for us to show that we can match strides with the rest of the Asian teams,” he added. “We will give our best to create a comfortable position when we play against them at home.”

Top two teams from the six groups will join the other 12 teams (Competing in the World Cup qualifiers) in the main event to be held in UAE in 2019.

The 20-member squad:

AFC ASIAN CUP 2019 QUALIFIERS

Final Squad

Match 1 vs Philippines [28/02/2017]

S.No.

Name

Position

1

BIKESH KUTHU

GK

2

KIRAN KUMAR LIMBU

GK

3

BISHAL SHRESTHA

GK

4

RABIN SHRESTHA

DF

5

BIRAJ MAHARJAN

DF

6

ANANTA TAMANG

DF

7

ADITYA CHAUDHARY

DF

8

KAMAL SHRESTHA

DF

9

RANJIT DHIMAL

DF

10

JITENDRA KARKI

DF

11

ROHIT CHAND

MF

12

BISHAL RAI

MF

13

HEMAN GURUNG

MF

14

BIKRAM LAMA

MF

15

ANJAN BISTA

MF

16

SUJAL SHRESHTHA

MF

17

BIMAL GHARTI MAGAR

FW

18

RANJAN BISTA

FW

19

BHARAT KHAWAS

FW

20

KARNA LIMBU

FW

 Head Coach: Gyotuku Koji

Coach: Raju Kaji Shakya

Gk Coach: Ujwal Manandhar

Manager: Birat Jung Shahi

Team Doctor: Raju Dangol