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)