Men's Team news


  • 2020-02-15

31 players called for national team camp

Head coach Johan Kalin has called a preliminary 31-man squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 & AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Qualifiers match against Chinese Taipei and Australia. 

Nepal will host Chinese Taipei and Australia in the second leg match at the Dashrath Stadium on 26th March and 31st March, 2020 respectively. 

31-man Preliminary Squad: 

Bikesh Kuthu, Bishal Shrestha, Alan Neupane, Rajeen Dhimal, Suman Aryal, Amit Tamang, Saroj Dahal, Ajit Bhandari, Tshiring Gurung, Bikash Khawas, Ananta Tamang, Devendra Tamang, Dilen Loktan, Bishal Rai 'B', Sesehang Angdembe, Tej Tamang, Bikram Lama, Subash Gurung, Mikchen Tamang, Pujan Uparkoti, Arik Bista, Sujal Shrestha, Ravi Paswan, Sunil Bal, Anjan Bista, George Prince Karki, Darshan Gurung, Bharat Khawas, Nawayug Shrestha, Asish Lama and Bimal Rana.


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  • 2020-01-22

ANFA, the FA signs MoU, Nepal to play friendly with England C Team

The All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Football Association (FA) at the ANFA Complex, Satdobato today.

ANFA President Karma Tsering Sherpa and Head of National League System of the FA, Mr. Laurence Jones signed the agreement. As part of the deal, both the parties will organize a friendly football match between England C (Men's) team and Nepal National (Men's) team to be played at Aldershot Town FC, UK on 25 May 2020.

Nepal will also host the England C team to play a return fixture in 2021.

ANFA President said he is pleased to share the partnership with the FA. " We are pleased to share this partnership with the FA in order to develop our ties for the promotion and development of football. For us, it’s a good opportunity as well."

"I am also thankful to Min Gurung, Immediate Past President and Advisor of Sahara UK, Dhanu Thakali General Secretary of Sahara UK and Dr. Durba Bahadur Subedi, Nepal's Ambassador to the United Kingdom for their continuous effort to have signed the agreement," added ANFA President Sherpa.

Laurence Jones said, "The purpose of the C team is to give the young players chance to progress in the high level of English Football. England C team has a very important part in player development. We think we are going to have a very exciting fixtures in Aldershot. I know Nepalese Community in that part of England is already interested in the fixture. This agreement also will strengthen the existing relationship and friendship between ANFA and the FA. We look forward to welcome the Nepal National Team in England."

Commenting on the occasion, Andrew Shaw said, "We are delighted to announce the agreement with ANFA after a lot of discussion with the committee. We are also delighted to bring our team here in Kathmandu in later 2021."

Discussions for the collaboration began when ANFA president visited the UK in 2019. In which he discussed ways and means to help Nepal team play in UK.

Min Gurung, who joined the delegation for the signing ceremony said, " Nepal enjoys football. This is the first step and we hope that this will provide some rewarding opportunities in football development."

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  • 2019-12-24

Suspension of the players reduced upon appeal

The suspension of the four players has been reduced upon appeal.

ANFA Disciplinary Committee on 13 December announced that the suspension for Anjan Bista and Santosh Tamang would last for 45 days and to Bimal Gharti Magar and Dinesh Rajbansi for 90 days starting from 13 December 2019. However, after receiving an appeal from the players over the decision, the appeal committee today has decided to reduce the suspension.

Following the new decision by the appeal committee, the suspension to all the four players would come into effect from November 16, 2019. While the monetary charges for all the alleged players will remain same. 

The disciplinary committee of the All Nepal Football Association launched an investigation into an incident for their inappropriate behavior during the national team camp for FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 2022 match against Kuwait.

The suspension will serve no involvement of the players in any of the activities recognized by the ANFA. 

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  • 2019-12-13

Four Players Suspended for Inappropriate Behavior

The disciplinary committee of the All Nepal Football Association today suspended four players for their inappropriate behavior during the national team camp for FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 2022 match against Kuwait.

The ANFA had recently launched an investigation into an incident on 16 November.

Bimal Gharti Magar and Dinesh Rajbanshi has been suspended for 90 days staring from 13 December. While. other two alleged players, Anjan Bista and Santosh Tamang has received a 45 days' suspension starting from 13 December.

All the four players are also fined with Rs. 50, 000 for their misconduct.   

The suspension will serve no involvement of the players in any of the activities recognized by the ANFA. 

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  • 2019-11-18

Team Nepal confident to bounce back ahead of Kuwait clash

Nepal will play Kuwait tomorrow at the Chaglimithang Stadium, Thimpu, Bhutan in their FIFA WC 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Qualifiers match.

The Changlimithag Stadium will serve Nepal as the home venue.

"It’s an important game for us. We really need to bounce back. We will fight hard. I need to focus on the players that we have here. My players are in good mood all the way from airport and are ready to fight hard," Head Coach Kalin said in the pre-match press conference.

"We will look for good performance like the other game. Kuwait has been doing very well in the qualifiers but we are confident," he added.

Likewise, head coach of Kuwait football team Thamer Enad said, "We hope that we will play good match and take the three points. We are not going to take Nepal lightly; Nepal is not a weak team. The atmosphere will favor Nepal for sure. They have the same kind of weather in Nepal as well."

"We will play for three points and stand second on the group. Our players are no so familiar playing in the artificial turf but few of my boys have experience playing at the turf," Thamer added.

Nepal's skipper Kiran Kumar Limbu also said the team is ready to give their tough fight against Kuwait.

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  • 2019-11-15

Final Squad Announced for Kuwait Clash

Head coach Johan Kalin has announced his final squad for the World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 home match against Kuwait today. The home match for Nepal will be played at neutral venue in Thimpu, Bhutan on 19th of November 2019.

Final Squads:

Goalkeepers: Kiran Kumar Limbu, Bikesh Kutthu, Bishal Shrestha

Defenders: Saroj Dahal, Devendra Tamang, Ananta Tamang, Suman Aryal, Dinesh Rajbanshi, Ajit Bhandari, Ranjit Dhimal

Midfielders: Sunil Bal, Anjan Bista, Bikram Lama, Ravishankar Paswan, Mikchhen Tamang, Rohit Chand, Sujal Shresstha, Santosh Tamang, Tej Tamang

Forwards: Bharat Khawash, Nawayug Shrestha, Bimal Gharti Magar,  Abisekh Rijal

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  • 2019-11-11

Men's Squad announced for SAG

Head coach Bal Gopal Maharjan on Monday has announced the final 20-member Nepal U-23 football squad for the upcoming South Asian Game (SAG) which is set to begin from 1-10 December in Nepal.

The squad also includes three senior players. Bikesh Kuthu, Bikram Lama and Sujal Shrestha are the senior players in the team.

"We are working very hard and the entire team are very committed. I think we have prepared for a long time. The players we have are of good quality and the seniors will boost team morale- that is why we are confident," said Mahajran who led Nepal to victory in Bangabandhu Gold Cup in 2016.

"In the several friendly matches played during the camp I got to see my player's performance and now I have something in mind. We are ready and will give our 100 per cent, "added Maharjan.

Nepal Squad:

 Goalkeepers: Bikesh Kuthu, Arpan Karki, Deep Karki

Defenders: Ananta Tamang, Dinesh Rajbanshi, Suman Aryal, Bikram Lama, Bikash Khawash, Mikchen Tamang, Chirring Gurung

Midfielders: Sujal Shrestha, Sunil Bal, Hemant Thapa Magar, Nitin Thapa, Sesehang Amdangbe, Tej Tamang,

Forwards: Bimal Gharti Magar, Abishek Rijal, Rejin Subba, Anjan Bista

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  • 2019-11-02

Team announced for Myanmar friendly

Nepal national men’s team head coach Johan Kalin has announced his final squad for the International friendly against Myanmar on November 7, 2019 in Mandalay. The friendly is a part of Nepal’s preparation for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 matches to be played at home. Nepal will face Kuwait in the first home match of the Qualifiers on 19th of November.

Final Squad:

Goalkeepers: Bikesh Kuthu, Bishal Shrestha, Alan Neupane

Defenders: Saroj Dahal, Ajit Bhandari, Dinesh Rajbanshi, Ananta Tamang, Devendra Tamang, Rajeen Dhimal, Suman Aryal

Midfielders: Sunil Bal, Ravi Paswan, Anjan Bista, Sujal Shrestha, Bikram Lama, Tej Tamang, Santosh Tamang, Subash Gurung, Mikchhen Tamang

Forwards: Bharat Khawas, Bimal Gharti Magar, Abishek Rijal, Nawayug Shrestha.

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