• 2019-08-18

Futsal Committee calls 37 players in the training camp

The ANFA Futsal committee on Sunday has announced the preliminary 37-men futsal players for the upcoming AFC Futsal Championship Turkmenistan 2020 Qualifiers.

The Qualifiers is set to be held in IR Iran from 23-25 October, 2019.

In the qualifiers, Nepal has been grouped with Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

Eleven Futsal Level 1 certificate holding coaches selected the players from 5-days nationwide trails and selection procedure that was held in Bhatbateni Health Club, Chhuchepati. 

The ANFA Futsal Committee also has appointed Bishnu Gurung and Gaurab Basnet as the head coach and coach of the National Futsal team.

“ Only fit players will be given priority and hence the players will go under YOYO test after we start camp for the players,”’ said ANFA FUTSAL Committee Co-coordinator Dawa Lama.

“We have added five players in the option as the players are currently training with the National U23 team for the South Asian Games (SAG),” added Lama.

Preliminary Squad:

Sumit Ale, Netra Bahadur Shrestha, Anish Shrestha, Rabi Chandra Thapa, Nabin Lama, Aadil Hamid, Bijaya Shrestha, Binod Gurung, Aashish Lama, Amit Lama, Dipesh Ghale, Nirmal Gurung, Avaya Rana, Bijaya Gurung, Aashish Kapali, Sandip Karki, Bishwojit Rai, Alik Tamang, Jenish Prajapati, Mani Lama, Saroj Tamang, Prabesh Joshi, Dipesh Shrestha, Rupesh Chettri, Krijal Khadka, Urjen Sherpa, Rafi Maharjan, Manish Sedai, Mishan Lama, Sanjay Rajbahak, Bijay Bohara, Himshail GC.

Optional Players:

Manoj Tamang, Suraj Gurung, Bijay Shrestha, Aruj Singh and Sushan Shrestha.

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  • 2019-08-16

Head Coach, Johan Kalin announced a 23-member squad for the friendly

Nepal Men’s National Team Head Coach, Johan Kalin on Friday announced a 23-member squad for the upcoming friendly with Johor Darul Ta’ Zim FC, Malaysian Super League Champion, on August 26, 2019.

The match will serve as the final preparation for the match against Kuwait on September 5 and against Chinese Taipei on September 10 in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition /AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Qualifiers. The match will be played at Pasar Gudang Stadium in Johar City, Malaysia,

Here’s the squad:

Goalkeepers: Bikesh Kuthu, Alan Neupane, Bishal Shrestha

Defenders: Saroj Dahal, Ajit Bhandari, Dinesh Rajbanshi, Ananta Tamang, Devendra Tamang, Rajeen Dhimal, Suman Aryal

Midfielders: Sunil Bal, Ravi Paswan, Anjan Bista, Sujal Shrestha, , Heman Gurung, Bikram Lama, Tej Tamang, Santosh Tamang, Bishal Rai

Forward: Bimal Gharti Magar, Bimal Rana, Abishek Rijal, Nawayug Shrestha.

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  • 2019-08-14

Nepal to play friendly with Malaysian League Champion

Nepal national football team will face Johor Darul Ta’ Zim FC on August 26, 2019 as part of their final preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition /AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Qualifiers.

Johan Kalin’s men will face the Malaysian Super League Champion at the Pasar Gudang Stadium in Johar City, Malaysia, just 10 days before they begin their 2022 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition /AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Qualifiers campaign.

Nepal are in Group B of the Preliminary Qualifiers Round 2 along with Australia, Jordan, Chinese Taipei and Kuwait.

Nepal will play Kuwait on September 5 at Jaber Al-Hamad International Stadium, Kuwait.

“It’s good to get a game as a friendly,” said Nepal head coach Johan Kalin.

“We are glad that Jarul Ta’ Zim FC is ready to play us. Games are of course important for us as the preparation and we look forward to play Darul Ta’ Zim FC,” he added.

Regarding the match with Kuwait, he said, “Kuwait has done some impressive results lately and played many of the games,”

“ Our players have been working very hard to prepare for this game. We look stronger and stronger as a team. Now we need to play games to know where we stand.”

In the last two fixtures, Nepal had once drawn Kuwait 0-0 and lost 1-0 with Kuwait in March.

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  • 2019-08-13

Nepal Women's Team to compete in Nadezhda Cup

As part of the preparations for the South Asian Games to be held in Nepal this December, the Nepal National Women's Team will be competing in the Nadezhda Cup 2019 to held in Kyrgyzstan from Sept. 8-12. A total of four teams-Nepal, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan - shall compete in the tournament. 

The tournament will be staged in the city Karakol, Issyk-Kul region.

The organizers said that the tournament matches will be held according to the Laws of the Game of Football (edition 2019-2020), which is approved by the IFAB.

If no winner is determined at the end of normal playing time during the Final Stage, Kicks from the Penalty Mark shall be taken in accordance with the Laws of the Games and the manual.

Match Fixtures:

08/09/2019 Tajikistan vs Uzbekistan

08/09/2019 Kyrgyz Republic vs Nepal

09/09/2019 Uzbekistan vs Nepal

09/09/2019 Tajikistan vs Kyrgyz Republic

10/09/2019 Nepal vs Tajikistan

10/09/2019 Kyrgyz Republic vs Uzbekistan

12/09/2019 Place 3 vs Place 4

12/09/2019 Place 1- Place 2

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  • 2019-08-13

Chet Narayan downsize squad to 30

Head coach Chet Narayan Shrestha trimmed his preliminary squad from 46 to 30 after Monday’s selection match played among with the team.

The team also had played a friendly match with Nepal U16 team last Friday.

Coach Shrestha said that the omitted players are promising but still needs to improve themselves.

“Few players (12 players) in the squad has A Division experience and I believe that the reduced players can improve by playing domestic competitions and leagues.

Nepal have been placed in Group A of the SAFF U18 Championship alongside Bhutan, Maldives and Pakistan.

“My team have clear objective, to reach final and win it. We are in fair group and for us the important thing is Nepal is hosting the championship.”

“We may not be the favorite team but we are ready,” said Shrestha to ANFA Media.

APF Stadium, Kathmandu is hosting the championship from 20 to 29 September 2019.

Shrestha will announce his final 23-member squad in the first week of September.


Goalkeepers: Bishal Sunar, Rohit Karki, Surya Adhikari, Pujan Hona.

Defenders: Bishal Basnet, Randip Poudel, Padam Bhattarai, Ashim Gurung, Sujan Sharma, Nabin Gurung, Roshan Dong, Bishant Basnet, Alik Rumba, Anjan Maharjan.

Midfielders: Sishir Lekhi, Dipesh Gurung, Roshan Rana Magar, Rajan Pun, Akash Buda Magar, Rejin Majhi, Jaya Gurung, Manish Thapa, Kushal Phuya, Nitin Thapa.

Forwards: Brijesh Chaudhary, Sachu Gurung, Niraj Chaudhary, Kailash Lamichhane, Darshan Gurung, Manish Dangi.

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  • 2019-08-09

Nepal to play first match in Kuwait

Kathmandu, 9 August 2019 – The Nepal National Team will be playing its first match of the World Cup 2022 Preliminary Competition/ AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Qualifiers in Kuwait, the Kuwait FA agreed to All Nepal Football Association's request to swap the fixtures concering the two sides, Friday morning.

The All Nepal Football Association had requested Kuwait FA, Chinese Taipei FA and Jordan FA to swap the fixtures due to the unavilabitly of the stadium.

Chinese Taipei and Jordan both had agreed but Kuwait FA had propsed both the matches to be played in Kuwait, to which the AFC and FIFA had declined basing their decision on the itegrity of the competition.

Following the acceptance from Kuwait, it is now confirmed that the first match shall be held in Kuwait on 5 September 2019. The match against Australia shall be held as per the orginial schedule.

As for the home matches, the All Nepal Football Associatioin (ANFA) is in talks with the National Sports Council and other member associations of the AFC to have it hosted in a neutral venue or in Nepal itself.

"We have been coordinating with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Sports Council to host Nepal's match on November 19 in Nepal.  If we forsee the facilities in Nepal will not be ready by then we shall go for a neutral venue," said Kiran Rai, ANFA Spokesperson/ Ex.Co member.

Here are the fixtures followin the change:

Kuwait VS Nepal:  Kuwait (Sept. 5)
Chinese Taipei VS Nepal: Taipei ( Sept. 10)
Jordan VS Nepal:  Jordan (Oct. 15)
Nepal VS Kuwait: Nepal (Nov. 19)
Nepal VS Chinese Taipei: Nepal( 26 March 2020)
Nepal VS Jordan: Nepal (4 June 2020)


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  • 2019-08-07

Nepal U15 Final Squad Announced

Nepal U-15 head coach Sunil Shrestha has announced his final squad for the SAFF U15 Championship that is scheduled to be held in Kalyani, India this month.

The matches will be played in Kalyani Stadium from 21st to 31st August.

52 players from nationwide trails and selections were called in the initilal phase of the preparatory camp.

Shrestha is assisted by Raj Kumar K.C and goalkeeping coach Binod Maharjan.

“I think we have fair chance to win the championship but I won’t say that we are going to start as favorites. India is a bit tough opponent and we play them in our first match.”’

“The first match is going to be very crucial and we are sure to make it to the finals and win the championship,”

“We aim to win and the boys will get many things to learn from the championship,” said Shrestha to ANFA Media.

Nepal will take on India in the inaugural match of the championship.

Nepal’s next match will be on August 23 against Sri Lanka, followed by Bangladesh on August 27and against Bhutan on August 29.

The top two teams from the round robin stage will play the finals on August 31.

Goalkeepers: Ishwor Gurung, Manoj Dahal, Jenius K.C.

Defenders: Pragyan Maharjan, Abishek Waiba, Pramish Gurung, Ajay Chaudhary, Jan Limbu, Roshan Thapa.

Midfielders: Janme Jay Dhami, Nirajan Malla, Pradip Lamsal, Nitesh Shrestha, Ashim Rai, Bipin Tumsing Magar, Amir Hamid, Mohit Gurung, Nirajan Khattri, Anil Chaulagai.

Forwards: Krishan Adhikari Yadav, Krish Sapkota, Sugan Jimee, Sasank Bohora.

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  • 2019-08-06

Kalin reduce his preliminary roster to 31-men

Head coach Johan Kalin on Tuesday has reduced his preliminary roster of the national team to 31-men for the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers.

Kalin’s 36-man preliminary squad has been preparing for the Qualifiers from last few months at the ANFA Complex.

Kamal Shrestha, Nitin Thapa, Sesehang Amdangbe, Amit Tamang and Mickchen Tamang are the five players cut by head coach Kalin.

Except Manang Marshyandi defender Kamal Shrestha, other axed players will then report the U23 training camp since the team is preparing for the South Asian Games under Bal Gopal Maharjan.

31-Men Preliminary Squad: 

Biraj Maharjan, Kiran Chemjong, Bikesh Kuthu, Bikram Lama, Sujal Shrestha, Nawayug Shrestha, Bishal Rai, Anjan Bista, Ranjit Dhimal, Santosh Tamang, Bimal Rana, Alan Neupane, Ajit Bhandari, Abishek Rijal, Ravi Silwal, Saroj Dahal, Tej Tamang, Suman Aryal, Devendra Tamang, Ravi Paswan, Ananta Tamang, Sunil Bal, Suvash Gurung, Dinesh Rajbansi, Heman Gurung, Bishal Shrestha, Bimal Pandey, Tridev Gurung, Bharat Khawash, Bimal Gharti Magar, Rohit Chand.

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