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
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.
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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.
Asian Football Confederation has granted All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) with the AFC Grassroots Charter Memberships following Nepal's stupendous work towards promoting grassroots football.
Nepal was awarded with Bronze Membership following Nepal's outstanding achievements in the development of football.
In a letter to ANFA General Secretary Indraman Tuladhar, Dato Windsor John, AFC General Secretary, wrote, "We are pleased to inform you that your application for membership at the bronze level of the AFC Grassroots Charter has been approved by the AFC Grassroots Panel on 12 October, 2020.
ANFA President Karma Tsering Sherpa said this was a recognition of hard work by ANFA. "This is a big achievement in the history of Nepali football. Our hard work has paid off and has been recognized. This has given us the strength to work hard for the development of Nepali football," said Sherpa.
ANFA Vice President and Grassroots and Youth Coordinator Upendra Man Singh also labelled this as a milestone in Nepali football. "It is important for us to keep our football's foundation strong and without grassroots development we know our foundations will weaken," said Singh. Singh said the Covid-19 pandemic has been a major barrier this year and said the membership will give them a sense of new enthusiasm and add vigour to do better in coming days.
Gary Phillips, Technical Director at ANFA, said the membership is the first step in raising the standard of Nepali football. "We put our planning to action after direction from ANFA leadership and with competent manpower and guidance from AFC, the seed of our hard work has bore sweet fruit," said Philips.
Grassroots Manager Manoj Ranjit said the achievement was a result of works for nearly two years and had given them further responsibility towards receiving Silver Membership.
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