National men's team returns home after Bangladesh friendlies

The national men's football team has returned home on Thursday after playing two friendly matches against Bangladesh.

ANFA Vice President Sixit Parajuli received the team members and officials at the airport.

Goalkeeper Kiran Chemjong will fly to India and join his team Minerva Punjab from Bangladesh and has not travelled with the national team. One official, who tested positive and will remain in isolation, has also not travelled.

The two friendly matches marked the resumption of football which was halted for seven months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Nepal lost the first friendly 2-0 and played a goalless draw in the second. Six players—Bikash Khawas, Arik Bista, Darshan Gurung, Tshring Gurung, Pujan Uparkoti and Sesehang Angdengbe—made their debut in the two matches.

Members of the national team will now be housed at the ANFA Complex in Satdobato.

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3 players deubt as Nepal, Bangladesh play out a draw

The second friendly match between Nepal and Bangladesh ended on a goalless draw on Tuesday.

Three players made their national team debut in the match played at Bangabandhu Stadium.

Tshring Gurung, Pujan Uparkoti and Sesehang Angdembe made their debut in the second game.

With the draw, Nepal also lost the series to hosts Bangladesh. Bangladesh had won the first match 2-0.

A total of six players made their national team debut during the friendly tour. Bikash Khawas, Arik Bista and Darshan Gurung debuted in the first game.

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AFC/ANFA ‘A’ license coaching certificate course held

A three-day AFC/ANFA ‘A’ license coaching certificate course began from Tuesday.

ANFA President Karma Tsering Sherpa was the chief guest of the first day virtual programme. ANFA Vice President Upendra Man Singh was also present in the programme.

The course is being instructed by ANFA Technical Director Gary Phillips. There are 20 participants in the course.

This is the first of the four rounds of the coaching course being conducted.

Morteza Mohases and Ming were the coach observers from AFC.

Participants: Anil Bahadur Gurung, Bal Gopal Shahukhala, Bhagawati Rana Magar, Bil Bahadur Tamang, Binod Maharjan, Bishnu Gurung, Dhaneshwor Prajapati, Dipesh Yonjan Lama, Gaurav Basnet, Janak KC, Jeevan Sinkemana, Jibesh Kumar Pandey, Manish Timilsina, Rajan Neupane, Rakesh Shrestha, Ritesh Khadka, Ross Michael Reyes Awa ( International participant, Guam), Sasendra Dhimal, Subash Limbu and Subin Ghimire

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Return to international football ends in disappointment

The long awaited return to international football ended in defeat for the Nepali men's football team.

Nepal lost the first of the two friendly matches against hosts Bangladesh by 2-0 at the Bangabandhu Stadium on Friday.

Mohammad Nabib Newaz Ziban and Mahbubur Rahman scored the goals for the hosts. Ziban opened the scoring in the 10th minute firing in from a close range. Substitute Rahman scored the second in a counter attack in the 80th.

Bikash Khawas, Darshan Gurung and Arik Bista made their debut for the national side. Khawas started the match while Bista came in as a substitute for Bikram Lama in the first-half. Gurung was a second-half substitute coming in for Ravi Shankar Paswan.

The second friendly will be played on November 17.

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