National team training begins for Bangladesh friendly

The national men's football team on Thursday began training at Dasharath Stadium as part of preparations for the two friendly matches against Bangladesh.

This is the first time the national team trained at the national stadium after the April 25, 2015 earthquake. The last match played by the team at the stadium was in the World Cup Qualifier match against India on March 2015.

Thirty of the thirty-four players called up for the national team took part in the training. Four players tested positive for Covid-19 and have been sent in isolation facilities. The nasal and throat samples of the players were collected on Wednesday.

Bal Gopal Maharjan, who was given the responsibility of the national team in absence of head coach Johan Kalin, took charge of the training along with assistant coach Kiran Shrestha and goalkeeping coach Bikash Malla.

Bangladesh is hosting Nepal in two friendly matches on November 13 and 17.

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Bal Gopal Maharjan tasked with head coach responsibilities for Bangladesh friendlies

Bal Gopal Maharjan has been given the responsibilities of head coach of the men’s national team for the two friendly matches against Bangladesh national team.

Head Coach Johan Kalin, currently in his native Sweden, will not be available for the friendlies due to the travel restrictions set in his country in the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Kiran Shrestha has been charged with assistant coach role and Bikash Malla as goalkeeping coach.

Meanwhile, the training for the two friendlies against Bangladesh will begin on Thursday. National team players will arrive for the training on Wednesday.

Players called up for national team training

Abhishek Rijal, Bishal Shrestha, Devendra Tamang, Sujal Shrestha, Bishal Rai, Ranjit Dhimal, Bikesh Kuthu, Suman Aryal, Nawayug Shrestha, Seshehang Aangdengbe (Limbu), George Prince Karki, Bikash Khawas, Saroj Dahal, Amit Tamang, Subash Gurung, Tej Tamang, Ajit Bhandari, Ravi Paswan, Sunil Bal, Tshring Gurung, Aashis Lama, Ananta Tamang, Bikram Lama, Mikchen Tamang, Dilen Loktan, Anjan Bista, Pujan Uparkoti, Bimal Rana, Deep Karki, Arik Bista, Darshan Gurung, Rohit Chand and Kiran Limbu

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Here’s how the national team players celebrated Dashain festival

Hindu’s biggest festival Dashain is in full swing with people getting into festive mood across the country.

Dashain has always been a time to celebrate but this year’s festival is slightly different than previous ones because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here are some pictures of Dashain celebration by the national men’s and female’s team players.

Anjan Bista

Sunil Bal

Sujal Shrestha

Tej Tamang


Sabitra Bhandari 

Nawayug Shrestha

Anjila Tumbapo Subba

Bishal Shrestha


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National Sports Council gives go-ahead for Bangladesh friendly

National Sports Council (NSC) has approved All Nepal Football Association's proposal to resume football training paving way for the friendly matches against Bangladesh national team.

Following the approval from NSC, the Nepali national team will now begin training after the Dashain festival as part of preparations for the friendly. Earlier, Bangladesh Football Federation had proposed to host two friendly matches with the Nepali men's national team during the FIFA window of November 11-19.

Football matches and training had been halted due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. National team players were scheduled to begin closed camp training from August 17 but the camp was cancelled after the qualifying matches of FIFA World Cup 2022 and Asian Cup 2023 were postponed.

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