Nepali national team has arrived home on Monday after securing second place in the SAFF Championship in Maldives.
The team was welcomed by Minister for Youth and Sports Maheshwor Jang Gahatraj and ANFA officials welcomed the team at the airport.
Nepal finished second in the championship after losing 3-0 in the final on October 16.
ANFA Vice President Upendra Man Singh, Treasurer Rabindra Joshi, Assistant General Secretary Arun Man Joshi, Assistant Treasurer Rajendra Neupane and executive committee member Rupesh Adhikari welcomed the team at the airport.
The final squad for AFC U23 Asian Cup Qualifiers has been confirmed on Sunday.
Head coach Bal Gopal Maharjan confirmed the squad for the tournament in Tajikistan.
Nepal will play first match against Iran on October 25, against Tajikistan on October 28 and against Lebanon on October 31.
Final squad: Arpan Karki (GK), Bishal Sunar (GK), Abhishek Baral (GK), Suman Aryal, Gautam Shrestha, Rajan Gurung, Shiva Gurung, Randip Poudel, Anil Maharjan, Abhishek Limbu, Nitin Thapa, Suraj Jeu Thakuri, Ayush Ghalan, Sesehang Angdembe, Rajiv Lopchan, Sishir Lekhi, Akash Budha Magar, Roshan Pahari, Arik Bista, Ritik Kumar Khadka, Manish Dangi, Abhishek Rijal, Darshan Gurung
Nepal finished second in the SAFF Championship after a 3-0 defeat by India in the finals on Saturday.
In the match played at the National Stadium in Male, Maldives, Sunil Chhetri, Suresh Singh and Sahal Abdul Samad's goals downed Nepal.
Having reached the finals for the first time, Nepal's hopes of winning the SAFF Championship were dashed.
After a goalless first half, Sunil Chhetri headed India's first in the 49th minute. Just a minute later Suresh Singh's shot was deflected off Dinesh Rajbanshi beyond the reach of diving Kiran Kumar Limbu. Sahal Abdul Samad scored the final minute of regular time and wrapped India their eighth SAFF Championship title.
Nawayug Shrestha missed a glorious opportunity to give Nepal the lead in the sixth minute when he hit the upright from Suman Lama's cross. Playing in the pouring rain, Rohit Chand slipped and fell while trying to control the ball in the 17th. Nawayug shot in the 27th minute was straight to the Indian keeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.
Manish Dangi, coming in with the score line at 2-0, brought some spark into Nepal's attack but his shots did not trouble the opposition post. Rohit Chand had the best opportunity in the game when his header in the 77th minute hit the tip of the bar and went wide.
Despite result, it still is a remarkable achievement for Nepali football when they reached the finals for the first time in their history. Nepal had never reached the final before.
The national U23 team, currently in closed camp training, will play a friendly against Indonesia U23 team in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
The friendly will be a part of preparation for the AFC U23 Asian Cup Qualifiers.
Nepal have been drawn alongside Iran, Lebanon and Tajikistan in Group B for the tournament.
Nepal will play its first match against Iran on October 25 and second against hosts Tajikistan on October 28. Nepal's final match will be against Lebanon on October 31. All the matches will be played at Republican Central Stadium in Dushanbe.
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