The All Nepal Football Association distributed football equipment and funds to all the affiliated 45 districts for grassroots development, at the ANFA Complex, on Tuesday.All the 45 district football associations were provided equipment worth Rs. 100,000 each and Rs. 500,000 each for infrastructure development. Of the 45 districts, 10 hills districts were provided Rs. 500,000 extra considering the expensiveness in building infrastructure due to difficult land terrains.The 10 districts are Baglung, Dhankuta, Dolakha, Illam, Kavre, Lamjung, Palpa, Panchthar, Sindhupalchowk and Syanjga. ANFA Vice President and Grassroots Coordinator Upendraman Singh delivered a presentation about grassroots football to Chief Guest Ishwar Pokhrel, Defense Minister, and representatives of the 45 district football associations before making a commitment to work more for the cause. Minister Pokhrel said he was delighted by the initiative taken by the football association to develop football from the base and assured of further assistance from the government. ANFA President Karma Tsering Sherpa, whose main development agenda is grassroots football, said that without a strong base, development at the highest level is impossible. He requested all the district football associations to contribute towards its development. ANFA General Secretary Indraman Tuladhar and Ex.Co Member/ Spokesperson Kiran Rai also spoke on the occasion.The funding and the equipment has been managed from the FIFA Forward Programme. The equipment worth Rs. 100,000 consisted of balls, bibs and cones.
Nepal booked their place in the SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018 semi-finals for the fourth time in almost five years after Bimal Gharti Magar and Nawayug Shrestha forced a 2-0 win over hosts Bangladesh in the Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka on Saturday. Nepal had a hard opening despite the started carving out some sensational chances. Nepal was inspired by suitably turned out Nepalese fans at the stadium. The energizing match had seen both the teams dominating the field equally but could not make the most opportunities. Bimal Gharti Magar kept pressure on Bangladesh, burying a free kick from the top of the post by sneaking it under the goalie Md Sahidul Alam in the 33rd minute. Nawayug Shrestha guided Nepal a 2-0 win scoring in the 90th minute.
Head Coach Bal Gopal Maharjan confirmed his final 20-man squad for the SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018 on Monday with Nepal Armys George Prince Karki missing the team alongside Kamal Shrestha. Nirajan Khadka and Sumar Aryal are included, however. Khadka made a astounding comeback after 5 years while Aryal has been named in National teams squad for the first time. The final squad was reduced from a preliminary 29-man squad roster announced on August 21. Biraj Maharjan will captain the side in the championship. Nepal face pliable group, with hosts Bangladesh, Pakistan and Bhutan in Group A to path the knockouts. The full 20-man squad for the SAFF Suzuki Cup is as follows: Goalkeepers: Kiran Kumar Limbu, Bikesh Kuthu, Alan Neupane. Defenders: Dinesh Rajbansi, Devendra Tamang, Biraj Maharjan C, Ananta Tamang, Aditya Chaudhary, Rohit Chand, Suman Aryal. Midfielders: Hemant Thapa Magar, Heman Gurung, Bishal Rai, Sunil Bal, Sujal Shrestha, Nirajan Khadka. Forwards: Bharat Khawas, Bimal Gharti Magar, Nawayug Shrestha, Anjan Bista.
All Nepal Football Association President Karma Tsering Sherpa announced a cash reward of Rs. 500,000 each to the players of the Nepal National if they secure the tile of the SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018. Sherpa made the announcement at farewell program organized for the Nepal National Team at the ANFA Complex on Sunday. Nepal are in Group A with Pakistan, Bhutan and Bangladesh. They open their campaign against Pakistan on the opening day on September 4 and take on Bhutan and host Bangladesh respectively. Sherpa said that the team had a good preparation for the prestigious event and are one of the title contenders. The SAFF Championship is a like a World Cup to us. We have shown how fiercely we can fight in the previous editions, and I strongly believe the title is for our taking this time because we have prepared well, he added. Through this platform, I would like to request the Nepal Government to manage a fitting reward to the players in case of a triumph in Dhaka. In the build up to the championship, Nepal had participated in the Asian Games in Indonesia and had played two friendlies in Thailand before that. Though, all the five matches ï¿½ three in Indonesia and two in Thailand ï¿½ resulted in a loss, the tour was a beneficial in terms of match exposure. Nepal interim Head Coach Bal Gopal Maharjan seconded Sherpa explaining the preparations the team had made for the championship. Maharjan was of the view that the current squad is one of the strongest Nepali teams he had seen in recent years. Minister for Youth and Sports Jagat Bahadur Sunar ,Bishwakarma, NSC Member Secretary Keshav Kumar Bista and ANFA General Secretary Indra Man Tuladhar also spoke on occasion.
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