Nepal to play friendly against Iraq

Iraq will host a friendly football against Nepal at Basra International Stadium on May 29.

The friendly has been confirmed on Thursday.

Nepali national team has previously played three times against Iraq with Iraq emerging as victors in all three occasions. The latest of the match was in April, 2001 when Iraq defeated Nepal 4-2 in World Cup Qualifier.

The friendly match against Iraq will be followed by second round of World Cup Qualifiers against Chinese Taipei on June 3, against Jordan on June 7 and against Australia on June 11.

The three matches will be played in Kuwait.

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Gaurav Basnet appointed head coach of Nepal's futsal team

Gaurav Basnet has been appointed as the head coach of Nepal's National Futsal team for six-month term.

All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) General Secretary Indraman Tuladhar handed over the appointment letter to Basnet on Tuesday.

Basnet was recommended by ANFA's Futsal Committee for the post.

Basnet has previously worked as the assistant coach of the national futsal team. He has also completed AFC/ANFA 'A' License Course.

"I am happy to be given this responsibility and my primary objective will be to improve the standard of Nepali futsal," said Basnet following his appointment.

Basnet will take charge of the team in the 2022 AFC Futsal Asian Cup Qualifier in October.

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U-13 national selection begins

The final round of selection of U-13 players started from Monday.

A total of 166 players--28 from Province 1, 24 from Province 2, 33 from Bagmati Province, 31 from Gandaki, 30 from Lumbini, eight from Karnali and 12 from Sudurpaschim Province--are taking part in the national selection.

The first round of selection was held in districts in Magh while the second round of selection was held in the month of Falgun.

A total of 42 players will be selected from the final selection. Fourteen players each will be enrolled in the academy set up by departmental teams--Nepal Police, Nepal Army and Armed Police Force.

The selection will last until Thursday.

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32 players called up for national team training

National men's football team head coach Abdullah Almutairi has called 32 players for training in the national camp.

The national team training begins from May 17.

Players: Kiran Kumar Limbu, Bikesh Kuthu, Deep Karki, Bishal Sunar Ranjit Dhimal, Nishan Khadka, Rohit Chand, Ananta Tamang, Dinesh Rajbanshi, Ajit Bhandari, Tshring Gurung, Gautam Shrestha, Bikash Khawas, Tridev Gurung, Manish Dangi, Tej Tamang, Arik Bista, Sanjog Rai, Bishal Rai, Sunil Bal, Ravi Paswan, Sesehang Aangdembe, Santosh Tamang, Bibek Basnet, Prakash Budathoki, Shyansu Bhusal, Anjan Bista, Suman Lama, Darshan Gurung, Abhishek Rijal, Bharat Khawas, Nawayug Shrestha

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