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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Former ANFA Prez Rukma Shumsher Rana no more

Rukma Shumsher Rana, former President of All Nepal Football Association, has passed away on Friday night.

Rana, 85, also a former Nepal Olympic Committee Chair and Member Secretary at National Sports Council, passed away at his residence in Batisputali.

He was ANFA president from February 1994 to March 1995. 

He is survived by his wife and daughter.

(Photo via Nirmal Aryal's Facebook).

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Sabita, Preeti score in 2-1 win over Bangladesh

Forward Sabita Rana and Preeti Rai scored as Nepal defeated Bangaldesh 2-1 in the first friendly match at Dasharath Stadium on Thursday.

Rana headed in Nepal's first in the 13th minute after receiving the cross from Bimala Chaudhary. Rai slotted in the second in the 23rd minute to give a 2-0 lead.

Rai could have added her second in the 49th but her shot was blocked by Bangladesh's Rupna Chakma. Substitute Tohura Khatun halved Nepali advantage in the 83rd minute as Bangladesh pushed Nepal back in the second half.

Bangladesh's head coach Golam Robbani Choton said his players were playing after a long period of time and played well. "There were two mistakes in the first half and we got behind. The girls came back in the second half and played really well," said Choton. He said they can learn from the mistakes and hoped to get better in the second friendly.

Nepal's head coach Gary Phillips said his players got tired in the second half. "Starting with the positives, I was happy with some of the football we played but clearly we did not play enough. There were some good moments in the game and the second goal was a good example of football we can play," he said.

Phillips said they struggled a bit to keep Bangladesh out but showed plenty of fighting spirit and there were plenty of action and positives to take from the match.

Goalscorer and Player-of-the-Match Preeti  was content with the result but pointed on areas to improve in next match. "We scored after good build up but we will try to improve on multiple areas in next match," she said.

The second friendly will also be played at Dasharath Stadium on Sunday.

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