14 players left out of national team squad

National team acting head coach Bal Gopal Maharjan has trimmed his squad to 43 after excluding 14 players on Friday. The decision to decrease the squad has been followed by a month of closed camp training. 
Dev Limbu, Randip Poudel, Amit Tamang, Jaya Gurung, Nitin Thapa, Rajat Tiwari, Dipesh Ale Magar, Rajesh Pariyar, Prijan Tamang, Bimal Gharti Magar, Rejin Subba, Rajiv Lopchan and Bimal Rana have been excluded and will leave the closed camp training. 
Injured Suman Aryal has also been left out of the squad but will rejoin the camp depending on recovery of his injury.
Coach Maharjan had called 58 players to the training as part of preparations for the FIFA World Cup to be held in 2022 and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup in China.

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Statute amendment discussion of three provinces held in Nepalgunj

A discussion on statute amendment was held with District Football Association representatives from Lumbini, Karnali, Sudurpaschim provinces in Nepalgunj on Thursday.

The discussion, chaired by Statute Draft Committee coordinator and ANFA Spokesperson Kiran Rai, saw participation of 10 DFAs from three provinces.

The representatives gave their suggestions for the amendment and decided to endorse the statute amendment draft with some amends.

Nepal Olympic Committee member and ANFA Executive Committee member Dirgha Bahadur KC was among other ANFA officials present in the program.

The discussion has already been held in Province 1.

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National Technical Network Seminar concludes

The three-day National Technical Network Seminar 2020 has concluded on Monday.

District and provincial coaches from all the provinces took part in the seminar. Coaches from Province 1 and 2 took part on Saturday followed by coaches of Bagmati Province, Gandaki Province and Lumbini Province on Sunday. The seminar concluded with coaches from Karnali Province and Sudurpaschim Province participation on Monday.

ANFA President Karma Tsering Sherpa, Vice Presidents Krishna Bahadur Thapa and Upendra Man Singh, chiefs of all four departments and other ANFA officials also took part in the seminar.

Giving his welcome speech in the final day, Vice President Singh thanked all the coaches whose dedication meant ANFA was awarded with AFC Grassroots Charter Memberships by Asian Football Confederation (AFC). ANFA was awarded with Bronze Membership following Nepal's outstanding achievements in the development of football in October.

ANFA President Sherpa said the focus of the football governing should be towards improving the technical aspect of the game. He also stressed on the need for ANFA to become sustainable in the future.

ANFA Technical Director Gary Phillips gave a presentation on the Nepali philosophy of football during the three-day seminar.

Pic: Second day of the seminar

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SAFF Executive Committee meeting held

An Executive Committee meeting of South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) was held on Monday.

The meeting was held virtually over zoom and was presided by SAFF President Kazi Md. Salahuddin.

The meeting approved the revised SAFF Statues and standing orders of SAFF Congress. Similarly, the SAFF Electoral Code, SAFF Competition calender for 2021, budget and audited account for financial year 2019 were also approved by the meeting.

SAFF has also released the dates for various youth competitions but are subject to the AFC qualifiers scheduled for next year.

As per the calender, the SAFF Championship will be held from September 14-25 in Bangladesh while SAFF U-16 Women’s Championship from August 18-27. Similarly, the SAFF U-19 Women’s Championship is scheduled from July 13-22, SAFF U-15 Championship from October 1-10 and SAFF U-18 Championship from October 15-24.

The venues for all championship except for SAFF Championship have not been confirmed.

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