58 players called for closed camp training

58 players have been called by national men's team acting head coach Bal Gopal Maharjan for the closed camp training.

24 players are the new players receiving call-ups from the preliminary squad of the two-friendly series against Bangladesh that was held last month.

Nepal will begin the camp at the ANFA Complex, Satdobato to start of a long-term build towards the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup China 2023. 

Skipper Biraj Maharjan is back, though, including Aditya Chaudhary, Bimal Gharti Magar, Santosh Tamang and Dinesh Rajbanshi. 

Midfielder Bikram Lama will miss the camp due to muscular injury. 

The team will meet up on December 12, 2020 at the ANFA Hostel and will officially begin the camp behind the closed doors.

The Squad

Goalkeepers: Kiran Kumar Limbu, Bikesh Kuthu, Bishal Shrestha, Deep Karki, Bishal Sunar, Arpan Karki, Dev Limbu

Defenders: Devendra Tamang, Rajeen Dhimal, Biraj Maharjan, Bikash Khawash, Suman Aryal, Bikash Tamang, Ananta Tamang, Nissan Khadka, Chhiring Gurung, Dinesh Rajbansi, Randip Poudel, Saroj Dahal, Amit Tamang, Ajit Bhandari, Aditya Chaudhary, Suraj B.K, Ashish Gurung, Dilen Loktan, Rohit Chand

Midfielders: Sujal Shrestha, Bishal Rai, George Prince Karki, Mikchen Tamang, Santosh Tamang, Sunil Bal, Hemant Thapa Magar, Rajat Tiwari, Jay Gurung, Arik Bista, Ashok Thapa, Subash Gurung, Dipesh Ale Magar, Tej Tamang, Ravi Paswan, Pujan Uparkoti, Tridev Gurung, Sesehang Angdambe, Sanjok Rai, Nitin Thapa

Forwards: Abishek Rijal, Rejin Subba, Bharat Khawas, Nawayug Shrestha, Darshan Gurung, Rajesh Pariyar, Bimal Rana, Anjan Bista, Bimal Gharti Magar, Rajiv Lopchan, Asish Lama, Prizen Tamang

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FIB takes decision on AFC Club Licensing

The applications of all the clubs have been rejected for the AFC Club Competitions 2021.

Decision making body of the ANFA Club Licensing Committee – First Instant Body (FIB) made the decision on the applications for AFC Club Licensing today.

13 'A' Division clubs applied for the AFC License in the year 2020. Saraswoti Youth Club, relegated in the Qatar Airways Martyr's Memorial 'A' Division League 2019/20, did not participate in the licensing process.

The AFC also has highly appreciated ANFA's and Tribhuwan Army Club's commitment and effort for complying with the AFC Club Licensing regulations.

Tribhuwan Army club has done a notable task by taking the decision to profesionalize football by amending its statues to reflect the change from a sports club into football club. The ANFA shall request the AFC for an exception to the two-year rule, once the changes on the leagal entity are approved by the appropriate bodies.

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League football plan briefed to NSC member secretary Silwal

All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) on Monday held a briefing regarding 2021 Martyr's Memorial National League Plan to National Sports Council member secretary Ramesh Silwal.

ANFA League Committee Director Sanjeeb Mishra briefed Silwal with the plan of the leagues at ANFA Complex in Satdobato.

ANFA President Karma Tsering Sherpa, Vice Presidents Krishna Thapa, Shixit Parajuli and Upendra Man Singh, General Secretary Indraman Tuladhar, NSC board member Hari Khadka and other ANFA officials were present in the programme.

Vice President Singh, also the head of ANFA Technical Department, briefed about the strategic plans of technical department. Head of Elite Youth Nabin Maharjan presented the plans of the youth development before NSC board member and former national women's football team coach Khadka apprised the programme about the plans for women's football.

Similarly, Head of Coach Education Sanjeet Singh presented the strategic plans and programmes for coaching from 2018-2022. Manoj Ranjit, Grassroots Manager's presentation focused on grassroots plans and programmes after ANFA recently received the AFC Grassroots Charter Bronze Memberships for outstanding achievements in the development of football.

Gokul Thapa, Head of Referee Department, came up with the strategic five year refeering plan.

NSC member secretary Silwal queried on various aspects of the plan and also gave his valuable inputs during the programme.

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MOU signed between ANFA and Municipal Association for football development

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed between All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) and Municipal Association of Nepal (MuAN) for the development of football on Friday.

ANFA President Karma Tsering Sherpa and Ashok Kumar Byanju Shrestha, President of MuAN and Mayor of Dhulikhel Municipality, exchanged the MoU during a programme at ANFA Complex in Satdobato.

The agreement has been initially signed for two years and can be extended with consent from both parties. 

Speaking at the programme, chief guest and MuAN President Shrestha said the agreement could be a milestone for the development of sports in the country.

AFNA President Karma Tsering Sherpa said ANFA has initiated a step to connect all the local levels for the development of football. "The agreement includes various aspects of capacity building, infrastructure development and competitions. We should now focus on implementing the agreement," said Sherpa.

Tulsipur sub-metropolitan city mayor Ghanashyam Panday and Yamaha Motor Nepal CEO Chiranjivi Shah were present in the programme.

ANFA Senior Vice President Pankaj Bikarm Nembang, Vice Presidents Shixit Parajuli and Upendra Man Singh, Treasurer Rabindra Joshi, executive committee members and ANFA officials and staffs were also present in the programme.

ANFA Vice President Upendra Man Singh put on a welcome note during the programme.

Meanwhile, players and officials awarded during ANFA Day have been provided with Yamaha motorcycles and scooters during the programme.

Abhishek Rijal received the motorcycle for Rising Male Player of the Year 2075 and Manjari Kumari Yonjan for Rising Female Player of the Year 2075. Similarly, Laba Khatri for Best Male Referee of the Year 2075, Asmita Manandhar for Best Female Referee of the Year 2075, Hari Khadka for Best Coach of the Year 2075 and Bhagirath Aale as Lifetime Achievement Award also received a motorcycle.

A minute silence was held to mourn the death of football legend Diego Maradona.

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