Nepal drawn alongside Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan

Nepal have been drawn alongside Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan in Group B of AFC Futsal Asian Cup Qualifiers.

The draw was held virtually by the AFC on Thursday.

Nepal will play its matches from April 10-12 this year. All the matches will be played in Kyrgyzstan.

Head coach of national futsal team Gaurav Basnet has called up 32 players in the closed camp to prepare for the tournament.


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ANFA Ex Co meeting on Thursday

An Executive Committee meeting of All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) has been called on Thursday.

The meeting will be held at ANFA Complex in Satdobato at 12 pm.

(File photo)

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Sherpa edge Satdobato, move to fifth

Himalayan Sherpa Club (HSC) moved up to fifth on the table after a narrow 1-0 victory over Satdobato Youth Club (SYC) in the Qatar Airways Martyr's Memorial 'A' Division League 2021/22 on Monday.

Bishwas Shrestha scored the only penalty on the stroke of half-time to give the win for HSC. SYC also had a penalty in the added minutes of the game but Martin Adelphe Nanga's shot was well saved by Deep Karki.

SYC remain eighth on the table after the defeat.

HSC's coach Yugal Kishor Rai said it was difficult for the team to defend their lead in the second half. "We played under pressure in the second half as they came attacking. But three points is what matters at the end in the football match," said Rai. He also complained about the worn pitch condition at Dasharath Stadium.

SYC's coach Suraj Maharjan, standing in for Megh Raj KC who is bereaved of his mother's death, said the team played well and had the opportunity to snatch a point. "Martin is a good player who has just returned after an injury. He played a good match and his penalty was also good. These things happen in a match," said Maharjan.

The seventh rounds of matches of the league have come to an end. Machhindra Football Club leads the table and have qualified for Asian Cup Qualifiers while Chyasal Youth Club and Friends Club lie at the bottom.

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34 players called up for Mauritius friendlies

National men's team head coach Abdullah Almutairi has called up 34 players for the closed camp for the friendly matches against Mauritius.

Nepal will play two friendlies against the African side in FIFA international match calendar dates on January 29 and February 1.

The national team last played in the final of the SAFF Championship on October 16 going down 3-0 against India. It was the first time Nepal had reached the final of the regional competition.

Preliminary squad:

  1. Bishal Shrestha (GK) (Machhindra Football Club)
  2. Deep Karki (GK) (Himalayan Sherpa)
  3. Kiran Kumar Limbu (GK) (Maziya S&RC)
  4. Satrughan Chaudhary (GK) (Nepal Police Club)
  5. Tikendra Thapa (GK) (Jawalakhel Youth Club)
  6. Aashish Lama (APF)
  7. Ahyush Ghalan (Three Star Club)
  8. Akash Buda Magar (Satdobato Youth Club)
  9. Ananta Tamang (Three Star Club)
  10. Anjan Bista (Manang Marsyangdi Club)
  11. Arik Bista (New Road Team)
  12. Bimal Gharti Magar (Machhindra Football Club)
  13. Bishal Rai (Machhindra Football Club)
  14. Darshan Gurung (New Road Team)
  15. Devendra Tamang (Machhindra Football Club)
  16. Dinesh Hemjan (Tribhuvan Army Football Club)
  17. Dinesh Rajbanshi (Manang Marsyangdi Club)
  18. Gautam Shrestha (Tribhuvan Army Football Club)
  19. Kamal Thapa (Himalayan Sherpa Club)
  20. Krittish Ratna Chhunju (New Road Team)
  21. Manish Dangi (Machhindra Football Club)
  22. Nabin Gurung (New Road Team)
  23. Nitin Thapa (Manang Marsyangdi Club)
  24. Pujan Uperkoti (Manang Marsyangdi Club)
  25. Santosh Tamang (Tribhuvan Army Football Club)
  26. Subash Gurung (Sankata Club)
  27. Sudip Gurung (Satdobato Youth Club)
  28. Sujal Shrestha (Machhindra Football Club)
  29. Suman Aryal (Tribhuvan Army Football Club)
  30. Suman Lama (Nepal Police Club)
  31. Sunil Bal (Machhindra Football Club)
  32. Suraj Jeu Thakuri (Jawalakhel Youth Club)
  33. Sushil Rai (Satdobato Youth Club)
  34. Tej Tamang (Nepal Police Club)

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