National team players expressed their delight following a comfortable victory against Chinese Taipei in the FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers on Thursday.
Speaking to ANFA Media, skipper Kiran Kumar Limbu said a new coach and a young team has injected high confidence and belief into the team. "New coach and new formation has created a high level of confidence among players. New players also impressed in the friendly against Iraq and yesterday's match against Chinese Taipei," said Limbu.
"We put on a fighting display against Iraq but the result didn't go our way. We are happy to win against Chinese Taipei but we still know we still have two matches to focus on," the captain added.
Goalscorer Anjan Bista said their target was to win against the Chinese Taipei team. "We were able to implement the strategy devised by our coach. We know Jordan and Australia are of high standards and we are going to prepare step-by-step for those matches," said Bista.
Bista scored through a penalty in the fourth minute and substitute Nawayug Shrestha added a second in the 81st minute to give Nepal a 2-0 victory against Chinese Taipei at Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium in Ardhiyah, Kuwait. It was Bista's third goal against Chinese Taipei in the Qualifiers. He had also scored one goal against Iraq in a friendly at Basra on May 29.
Midfielder Pujan Uperkoti said the team was able to register the victory through team effort. "Our team spirit is high following the victory achieved through a joint team effort. But we have tough games against Jordan and Australia and hope to improve on our performance," said Uperkoti.
Nepal will now play against Jordan on June 7 and against Australia on June 11 in their remaining Qualifier matches.
(Photo: Courtesy of Kuwait FA)