The national men's football team began training for the AFC Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers from Friday.
Twenty-five players have been called up for the closed camp by head coach Abdullah Almutairi. Twenty-four players joined the camp from Friday. Goalkeeper Kiran Chemjong, currently in Maldives, will join the camp later, said national football team manager Madhusudan Upadhyay.
Head coach Almutairi also laid out plans of the national team in the press meet called on Friday. "We need to be realistic. We will fight but we cannot qualify for AFC Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers," said Almutairi. "The opponents are very strong for us to qualify," he added.
Almutairi also revealed there have been talks for friendlies before the Qualifiers. "We are in talks with some countries for friendlies but as of now nothing has been confirmed. We are still in talks," said Almutairi.
Nepal have been drawn against Jordan, Kuwait and Indonesia in the Group A of the AFC Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers.
Nepal will play its first game against Jordan on June 8 followed by against Kuwait on June 11. The final game against Indonesia will be played on June 14.
All the matches will be played in Kuwait.
Squad: Kiran Kumar Limbu (GK), Deep Karki (GK), Bishal Shrestha (GK), Ananta Tamang, Anjan Bista, Arik Bista, Ayush Ghalan, Bikash Khawas, Bimal Gharti Magar, Darshan Gurung, Devendra Tamang, Dinesh Rajbanshi, Gautam Shrestha, Manish Dangi, Nawayug Shrestha, Pujan Uperkoti, Rohit Chand, Santosh Tamang, Sujal Shrestha, Suman Aryal, Suman Lama, Sunil Bal, Suraj Jeu Thakuri, Tej Tamang, Bishal Rai