Nepal leaving for Japan on Friday

Aug. 10, 2017 - The All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) on Thursday bade farewell to the Nepal national football team that is travelling to Japan to play several friendly matches.

The 24-member team captained by Anil Gurung is scheduled to play five friendly matches against club teams and university teams, thanks to the Japan Government for initiating the tour. Besides the friendly, taking stock of training session and watching a J-League match are also on the schedule.

Speaking at the farewell program, H.E. Masashi Ogawa, Japanese Ambassador to Nepal, spoke of how the training camp in Japan would benefit the Nepal National team when they play against Tajikistan on September 5 in Kathmandu in the AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers.

" Nepal and Japan share one thing in common. They are extremely prone to natural disasters. I hope this tour will help the team to prepare well for the match against Tajikistan and win them in home soil. Japan is hosting the Olympics in 2020 and in preparation for this we have been carrying out sports related exchange programs all over the world. Nepal is also a beneficiary of this particular program. I hope we will defeat the teams in Japan," he said.

ANFA President Narendra Shreshta praised the contribution made by the Japanese Government and Japan Football Association in uplifting Nepali football.

He acknowledged the effort put in by ANFA Technical Director Chiaki Takeda and Head Coach Koji Gyotoku to develop Nepali football.

" Since 2015 we have been getting the service of the two gentlemen. In this span, we have gained success in the international arena. I hope their contribution will land us more laurels in the years to come," he said.

ANFA Senior Vice President Mani Kunwar also highlighted the contribution made by Japan in Nepali football.

" I would like to thank the Japan Government and Japan Football Association for taking a keen interest in Nepali football. Through their development programs we have been able to send our team for match practice in Japan. Their kind gesture has given us the opportunity to give our coaches the best coaching knowledge. I hope their support will continue in the same manner, " he said.

Nepal head coach Gyotoku Koji said training the Nepal National team in Japan was his long cherished dream. " I have in charge of the National team since 2015. I always wanted my team to train in Japan. My dreams have finally been materialized. I am thankful to the Japan Government for the assistance and I am confident that Nepal will put a good performance against Tajikistan," he said.

National Sports Council Member Secretary Keshab Kumar Bista also spoke on the occasion.

A match against Gamba Osaka U-23 on August 13 will kick start their journey in Japan.

Likewise, Nepal will play against Kwansei Gakuin University on August 16, Amitie Sports Club on August 17, Hanan University on August 18 and Vissel Kobe U-18 Team in August 19.

The Japan tour will be a part of preparations for the upcoming AFC Asian Cup 2009 qualifier against Tajikistan on September 5.

 

S.NO.

Name

Remarks

1

BIKESH KUTHU

GK

2

BISHAL SHRESTHA

GK

3

ALAN NEUPANE

GK

4

BIRAJ MAHARJAN

DF

5

ANANTA TAMANG

DF

6

BIMAL BASNET

DF

7

DEVENDRA TAMANG

DF

8

JITENDRA KARKI

DF

9

KAMAL SHRESTHA

DF

10

RAJENDRA RAWAL

DF

11

DINESH RAJBANSHI

DF

12

MAN BAHADUR TAMANG

DF

13

BIKRAM LAMA

MF

14

HEMAN GURUNG

MF

15

BISHAL RAI

MF

16

SUJAL SHRESTHA

MF

17

ANJAN BISTA

MF

18

HEMANT THAPA MAGAR

MF

19

SUNIL BAL

MF

20

ANIL GURUNG

FW

21

BHARAT KHAWASH

FW

22

BIMAL GHARTI MAGAR

FW

23

NAWAYUG SHRESTHA

FW

24

SUMAN LAMA

FW

25

GYOTOKU KOJI

HEAD COACH

26

RAJU KAJI SHAKYA

COACH

27

UJJWAL MANANDHAR

COACH

28

BIRAJ JUNG SHAHI

TEAM MANAGER

29

DR. RAJU DANGOL

TEAM DOCTOR

30

ROSHAN TULADHAR

INTERPRETER