3-day ANFA Referee Assessor Workshop begins

A three-day ANFA Referee Assessor Workshop has begun at ANFA Complex in Satdobato from Monday.

ANFA Referee Director Goutam Kar is conducting the workshop which will conclude on Wednesday.

Fourteen participants, including former and current FIFA referee, are taking part in the course.

Participants: Gajendra Man Singh, Birendra Bahadur Pandey, Madhu Sudan Khanal, Sailesh Joshi Kalpana Sharma, Laba Khatri, Bikash Mahat, Shrawan Lama, Nabindra Maharjan, Bina Shrestha, Madhav KC, Rojen Shrestha, Buddhi Bahadur Gurung, Shreeram Ranjitkar

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Nepal, Bangladesh play out goalless draw

Nepal played a goalless draw against Bangladesh in the second friendly match at Dasharath Stadium on Sunday.

Coach Gary Phillips made three changes from the win in the first friendly with Anjana Rana Magar, Anita Basnet and Rashmi Ghising starting the match.

In a comparatively uneventful but a competitive match, both teams created few clear goal scoring opportunities and failed to find the opposition net.

The best of the chances fell to Bangladesh in the sixth minute when Srimoti Sarkar failed to capitalize on a mistake by Nepali goalkeeper Anjana Rana Magar.

Nepal too had chances through Amrit Jaisi and Saru Limbu but did not harm opposition goalkeeper Rupna Chakma.

Bangladesh head coach Golam Robbani Choton said he was delighted with his players' performance. "My players played 90 minutes with high intensity against a tough opponent like Nepal," said Choton. "The games are good for upcoming AFC Qualifying round and it gives us a lot of confidence".

Nepal's coach Gary Phillips said the two games are serving as a purpose for Nepal's preparation for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 Qualifiers in Uzbekistan. "We are obviously disappointed with the way we played. May be that is my fault as I changed the system a bit," said Gary. "We didn't control the game as I would have liked."

Nepali skipper Renuka Nagarkote said the game was good enough but they could not play play as they wanted. "There are new players and a new coach. We have learnt a lot from these matches and hope to correct our mistakes in the future," said Nagarkote.

Nepal had won the first friendly 2-1 in the same venue on Thursday.

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ANFA Asst Gen Secy Arun Man Joshi bereaved

Assistant General Secretary of All Nepal Football Association Arun Man Joshi has been bereaved of his mother's death.

Joshi's mother Rama Joshi died at the age of 82 at her home in Mangalbazaar.

Rama was a diabetes patient. Her final rites have been performed at Pashupati Aryaghat today itself.

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48 players called up for U23 closed camp

National U23 team head coach Bal Gopal Maharjan has called up 48 players for the closed camp training.

The team is scheduled to take part in the AFC U23 Asian Cup Qualifiers in Tajikistan from October 25-31.

Seven players called up for the U23 team are currently with the senior team and will join the camp after completion of SAFF Championship. The national team is currently in Doha, Qatar, to prepare for the SAFF Championship which begins from October 1 in Maldives.

Nepal have been drawn alongside Iran, Lebanon and Tajikistan in Group B for the Qualifiers.

The closed camp will begin from September 13 (Monday).

Goalkeepers: Arpan Karki, Bishal Sunar, Abhishek Baral, Pujan Hona, Anjal Shrestha, Surya Adhikari, Bishnu KC, Akash Ranabhat, Rohit Karki

Defenders: Suman Aryal, Gautam Shrestha, Rajan Gurung, Ashim Bhusal, Randip Paudel, Bishwas Udas, Bishal Basnet, Roman Limbu, Prhtivi Chaudhary, Adil Hamid, Yogesh Gurung, Roshan Dong, Sonit Dahal

Midfielders: Nitin Thapa, Suraj Jeu Thakuri, Ayush Ghalan, Sesehang Angdembe, Jay Gurung, Ashok Thapa Magar, Dipesh Gurung, Anil Maharjan, Rajiv Lopchan, Sishir Lekhi, Rumesh Bartaula, Akash Budamagar, Niranjan Maharjan, Dipesh Ale Magar, Rajat Tiwari, Roshan Rana Magar, Arik Bista

Forwards: Manish Dangi, Abhishek Rijal, Rajesh Pariyar, Darshan Gurung, Prizen Tamang, Dinesh Hemjan, Rejin Subba, Buddha Bal Tamang, Kailash Lamichhane

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