U16 Squad Announced for AFC U16 Qualifiers

The final 23- player Nepal U16 squad to play in the upcoming AFC U16 Championship 2020 Qualifiers has been announced.

Nepal will begin its U16 Championship campaign on September 14 when it takes hosts Jordan.

Nepal will play its second match against Kuwait on September 16, against Tajikistan on September 20 and against Sri Lanka on September 22.

Three players- goalkeeper Ishwor Gurung, midfielder Pradip Lamsal and Ashim Rai- are exclusions from the squad that travelled India for the SAFF U15 Championship weeks ago.

Head coach Sunil Shrestha have included Patthunghang Nembang, Crystal Shakya and Dipesh Rai in the team.

“The squad has been through extensive trainings and competition opportunity (SAFF U15 Championship). The boys had exposure in India and we are looking forward to the challenge of taking of best in the Qualifiers,’ said head coach Shrestha in the after announcing the squad.

Final Squad:

Goalkeepers: Manoj Dahal, Jineyas KC, Patthunghang Nembang

Defenders: Ajay Chaudhary, Abishek Waiba, Jan Limbu, Roshan Thapa, Pragyan Maharjan, Pramish Gurung, Aamir Hamid

Midfielders: Nitesh Shrestha, Crystal Shakya, Janme Jay Dhami, Bipin Tumsing Magar, Mohit Gurung, Nirajan Malla, Anil Chaulagain, Nirajan Khatri

Forwards: Sashank Bohora, Sugam Jimee, Krishna Adhikari Yadav, Krish Sapkota, Dipesh Rai

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Asian Qualifiers: Kuwait 7-0 Nepal

Kuwait scored an emphatic 7-0 victory over Nepal in their opening match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers at Kuwait Sports Club Stadium on Thursday.

The hosts needed less than six minutes to take the lead. Abdullah Al Mutairi advanced down the right and squared for Yousef Naser who buried the ball into the roof of the net.

Fahad Al Hajeri doubled Kuwait’s advantage 12 minutes in. The centre-back rose highest at the far post to head Faisal Al Harbi’s in-swinging corner just over the line, making it 2-0.

Al Mutairi and Naser combined again four minutes after the restart to compound Nepal’s struggles. Again, it was the winger who delivered the cross from the right and Naser guided his free header into the back of the net for his second of the night and his side’s third.

Kuwait’s right wing continued to be their most prominent source of danger and Al Mutairi this time turned from provider to scorer. The number eight latched onto a long pass, outpaced his marker and coolly lobbed the goalkeeper, adding a fourth Kuwaiti goal just before the hour mark.

The home side piled the pressure and veteran Bader Al Mutawa added his name to the scoresheet. The Kuwait captain pounced on a loose ball after the Nepali defence failed to clear a free-kick and placed it into the bottom corner for Kuwait’s fifth in the 68th minute.

Nepal came agonisingly close to getting a consolation goal in added time when substitute Abhishek Rijal caught the Kuwaiti defence napping and struck from close range, but his effort grazed the outside of the post.

Instead it was a substitute from the other side, Redha Abujabarah, who found the back of the net. The number 14 received Al Mutawa’s pass down the right and went on a solo run before firing from a narrow angle.

Fellow substitute Hussain Al Mosawi rounded off the scoring seconds before the final whistle, tapping in Abujabarah’s cross to make it 7-0 at the death.

The victory puts Kuwait at the top of Group B, ahead of Jordan who had earlier beaten Chinese Taipei 2-1. The Blues host Australia on Tuesday, while Nepal travel to Taipei in pursuit of a first win on Matchday Two.


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Nepal U15 Girls Final Squad Announced

Nepal U15 Girls final squad has been finalized by head coach Rakesh Shrestha.

The Nepal U15 side led by Shrestha is set to participate in the SAFF U15 Women’s Championship.

The age-group tournament is hosted by Bhutan from 9 to 15 October, 2019 in Thimpu.

Final Squad:

Goalkeepers: Sabitri Kishan, Puja Thapa, Lila joshi

Defenders: Kumari Tamang, Saru Hamal, Manju Khadka, Pratiksha Chaudhary, Devya Yasmali Magar, Sabina Chaudhary, Pushpa Gurung

Midfielders: Anu Rai, Suraksha Sukhariya, Mamata Pun, Sara Bajracharya, Man Maya Damai, Susma GT, Manisha Raut, Sunkala Rai, Asmita Ranapal

Forwards: Preeti Rai, Amisha Karki, Mandira Rai, Nikita Thokar

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ANFA bids farewell to Women's Team

All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) has bid farewell to the Nepal national women’s football team on Wednesday.

Nepal is set to participate in Nadezhda Cup to be held from September 8 to 12 in Kyrgyzstan.

Apart from the host Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Nepal are competing in the tournament. The tournament will be played in round-robin format and the top two teams will make it the finals.

Nepal are taking this tournament as part of the preparations for the South Asian Games (SAG) that is happening this year in Nepal.

National Sports Council Member Secretary Ramesh Siwal, ANFA President Karma Tsering Sherpa, ANFA Senior VP Pankaj Bikram Nembang and ANFA General Secretary Indraman Tuladhar among other bade farewell to the team.


Goalkeepers: Anjila Tumbapo Subba, Anjana Rana Magar

Defenders: Punam Jargha Magar, Hira Kumari Bhujel, Amrita Jaisi, Gita Rana, Kabita Dhimal

Midfielders: Dipa Rai, Renuka Nagarkote, Anita Basnet, Manjali Kumari Yonjan, Saru Limbu, Bimala Chaudhary, Indira Rai

Forwards: Niru Thapa (C), Rekha Poudel, Anita KC, Sabitra Bhandari

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