Nepal to play two friendlies against Bangladesh

Nepali women's national team is set to play two friendlies against Bangladesh women's national team on September 9 and 12.

The matches will be played at Dasharath Stadium. Bangladesh women's team will arrive in Kathmandu on September 6 at 10:30 am for the matches.

The national women's team is preparing for the 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup qualification. Nepal have been drawn alongside Philippines and Hong Kong in Group F for the tournament to be played in Uzbekistan.

Tickets for the matches have been priced at Rs 200 for normal parapet and Rs 500 for VIP parapet. Tickets can be bought from Prabhupay.

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ANFA holds workshop on league development

All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) on Friday held a workshop on league development at ANFA Complex in Satdobato.

Sunando Dhar, CEO of League in All India Football Federation (AIFF) gave a presentation on club licensing, structure of the leagues in India and the bio bubble due to the Covid pandemic in the workshop.

Representatives from all the A Division clubs participated in the workshop.

The workshop started with the opening session where ANFA General Secretary Indraman Tuladhar welcomed all the participants. ANFA President Karma Tsering Sherpa gave a token of love to Dhar and hoped the workshop would benefit Nepali football clubs and overall Nepali football.

Following the conclusion of the opening session, Dhar gave the presentation and also answered questions from the club representatives.

League Committee Coordinator Bigyan Raj Sharma addressed the closing session.

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Nepal India match ends in draw

Nepal played out an entertaining 1-1 draw against India in the first of the two friendly matches at Dasharath Stadium on Thursday.

Nitin Thapa made his debut for the senior team as Nepal took the lead in the first half through Anjan Bista but could not hold onto it as India bounced back.

Making amends for his earlier free-kick in the 32nd minute which he skied, Bista pounced on before Chinglensana Singh Konsham's back pass was met by rushing goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and scored into an empty net in the 36th minute. Both the teams had few other clear cut chances to score in the first half.

India bounced back in the second and levelled the game through Anirudh Thapa in the 60th minute. Indian skipper Sunil Chhetri's powerful left footed shot was punched by Nepali goalkeeper Kiran Chemjong only for Thapa to bundle it into the post.

Indian coach Igor Stimac said the poor pitch condition hampered the team's performance. "The whole team only had two training sessions together, Nepal had been preparing for this match for two months," said Stimac.

Nepali coach Abdullah Almutairi said they played well but still need to work on their mistakes. "I am proud of my players but we have to work more for our prime target which is the SAFF Championship," said Almutairi.

The second match will be played on September 5 at Dasharath Stadium.

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ANFA statement on proposal to review the FIFA international match calendar

Following FIFA's decision to conduct a "feasibility study" to determine whether it can hold the men's and women's World Cup every two years instead of the usual four, All Nepal Football Association (ANFA), Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF), Football Association of Maldives (FAM) and Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL) have taken out a joint statement in support of the proposal to review the FIFA international match calendar.

The four football associations stated they are uniting in support of the proposal and added they believed that the debate can only be positive for football's modernization.

The proposal was tabled by Saudi Arabian Football Federation during the 71st FIFA Congress. It received support from 166 member associations while 22 voted against it.

The full statement can be read below:


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