Final squad for AFC Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers announced

Head coach of Nepali national team Abdullah Almutairi has announced his final squad for the upcoming AFC Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers in Kuwait.

Nepal have been drawn against Jordan, Kuwait and Indonesia in the Group A of the AFC Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers.

Nepal will play its first game against Jordan on June 8 followed by against Kuwait on June 11. The final game against Indonesia will be played on June 14.

Final squad:

Goalkeepers: Deep Karki, Bishal Sunar, Tikendra Singh Thapa

Defenders: Bikash Khawas, Bikash Tamang, Gautam Shrestha, Rajan Gurung, Shiva Gurung, Suman Aryal

Midfielders: Akash Buda Magar, Arik Bista, Nir Kumar Rai, Pujan Uperkoti, Roshan Rana Magar, Santosh Tamang, Sesehang Angdembe, Sunil Bal, Suraj Jeu Thakuri

Forwards: Ayush Ghalan, Darshan Gurung, George Prince Karki, Manish Dangi, Nawayug Shrestha

(File photo)

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SAFF U-20 fixtures released, Nepal to play first match against Maldives

Nepal will play its first match of the SAFF U-20 Championship against Maldives on July 25.

The fixture of the championship was released on Thursday.

Nepal will play their second match against Sri Lanka on July 27 followed by India on the 31st. Nepal's final group match will be against Bangladesh on August 2.

India, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are also taking part in the competition to be held in Odisha from July 25 to August 5.

The top two teams after the single round matches will play in the final on August 5.

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FIFA says tainted former president Ganesh Thapa remains banned from footballing activities

World football governing body FIFA has said former ANFA President Ganesh Thapa, who has been banned for 10 years, should not engage in any kind of football-related activity.

In a letter addressed to ANFA General Secretary Indraman Tuladhar on Wednesday, Kenny Jean-Marie, FIFA Chief Member Associations Officer and Vahid Kardany, AFC Deputy General Secretary reminded ANFA of the sanction imposed on the former president.

"As long as the ban in question remains in place, FIFA expects ANFA and its members not knowingly permit Ganesh Thapa to engage in any kind of  football-related activity, whether at national or international level (administrative, sporting, or otherwise)," the letter stated.

The letter said should Thapa violate the decision by FIFA, he should be reported to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee for further appropriate action.

In 2015, the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA Ethics Committee had imposed a 10 year sanction on Thapa for offering and accepting gifts and other benefits and involving in bribery and corruption. He was banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at both national and international level (administrative, sports or other) for a period of ten years as well as ordered him to pay of fine amounting to CHF 20,000.

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Players coach dispute: Fact finding taskforce submits report

The three member taskforce formed under former Nepali international and retired Major General of Nepal Army Victor Rana to find the facts regarding the players and coach dispute has submitted its report to All Nepal Football Association on Wednesday.

The taskforce submitted the 28-page report to ANFA General Secretary Indraman Tuladhar.

An emergency executive committee of AFNA had formed the taskforce also including former Nepali international Bidur Bista and Nepal National and International Players Association Vice President Dipak Thapa to find the facts after ten members of the national team, currently in closed camp preparations for the AFC Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers, had left the national team closed camp on April 26.

Receiving the report, ANFA General Secretary Indraman Tuladhar said ANFA will take further decisions based on the suggestions forwarded by the report. "We will now do the needed based on the suggestions of the report either through the secretariat or the executive committee meeting or through any legal committee of ANFA," said Tuladhar.

Tuladhar also said the contents of the report will be made public soon.

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