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  • 2019-10-01

Squad announced for Australia clash

Nepal national football men’s team head coach Johan Kalin has announced his final squad for the match against Austraila of the Asian Qualifiers FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and Asian Cup China 2023.

The squad is the same that travelled Kuwait. 

Kalin has also included three players in his list for backup. The players are Alan Neupane, Bimal Rana and Ravi Silwal. 

Nepal will play Australia in 10 October in their third match of Group B Qualifiers match.

Final Squad:

Goalkeepers: Kiran Chemjong, Bikesh Kuthu, Bishal Shrestha

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

Midfielders: Sunil Bal, Ravi Paswan, Anjan Bista, Sujal Shrestha, Heman Gurung, Bikram Lama, Tej Tamang, Santosh Tamang, Bishal Rai, Rohit Chand

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

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  • 2019-09-11

MD2 - Group B: Chinese Taipei 0-2 Nepal

Anjan Bista scored twice as Nepal defeated Chinese Taipei 2-0 in their Asian Qualifiers Group B tie at the Taipei Municipal Stadium on Tuesday.

The win gave Nepal the opening three points of their bid to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 while Chinese Taipei are without a point after two matchdays.

Both teams came into the tie on the back of having suffered opening day defeats - Chinese Taipei were edged 2-1 by Jordan while Nepal suffered a resounding 7-0 loss against Kuwait.

Head coach Johan Kalin had challenged his players to produce a positive response to the heavy defeat and Nepal did just that as 21-year-old striker Bista gave the South Asians the lead in the fourth minute.

A stung Chinese Taipei, who had impressed against Jordan despite suffering defeat, upped the tempo of their game and pressed forward in search of the equaliser.

Nepal, however, defended stoutly to take their lead into the half-time break.

The home team were quickly off the blocks in the second half and dominated possession but the equaliser continued to elude them as Nepal's defence held firm.

As the minutes ticked away, Chinese Taipei pressed forward even more, leaving gaps behind, and Bista struck Nepal's second in the 62nd minute to edge them closer to the three points.

Chinese Taipei threw players forward in a desperate attempt to salvage the tie but it was to no avail as Nepal walked away with the points.

Up next for Nepal are Australia away on October 10 while Chinese Taipei will look to get points on the board against the Socceroos five days later.

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Photo Courtesy: Chinese Taipei Football Association

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  • 2019-09-06

Asian Qualifiers: Kuwait 7-0 Nepal

Kuwait scored an emphatic 7-0 victory over Nepal in their opening match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers at Kuwait Sports Club Stadium on Thursday.

The hosts needed less than six minutes to take the lead. Abdullah Al Mutairi advanced down the right and squared for Yousef Naser who buried the ball into the roof of the net.

Fahad Al Hajeri doubled Kuwait’s advantage 12 minutes in. The centre-back rose highest at the far post to head Faisal Al Harbi’s in-swinging corner just over the line, making it 2-0.

Al Mutairi and Naser combined again four minutes after the restart to compound Nepal’s struggles. Again, it was the winger who delivered the cross from the right and Naser guided his free header into the back of the net for his second of the night and his side’s third.

Kuwait’s right wing continued to be their most prominent source of danger and Al Mutairi this time turned from provider to scorer. The number eight latched onto a long pass, outpaced his marker and coolly lobbed the goalkeeper, adding a fourth Kuwaiti goal just before the hour mark.

The home side piled the pressure and veteran Bader Al Mutawa added his name to the scoresheet. The Kuwait captain pounced on a loose ball after the Nepali defence failed to clear a free-kick and placed it into the bottom corner for Kuwait’s fifth in the 68th minute.

Nepal came agonisingly close to getting a consolation goal in added time when substitute Abhishek Rijal caught the Kuwaiti defence napping and struck from close range, but his effort grazed the outside of the post.

Instead it was a substitute from the other side, Redha Abujabarah, who found the back of the net. The number 14 received Al Mutawa’s pass down the right and went on a solo run before firing from a narrow angle.

Fellow substitute Hussain Al Mosawi rounded off the scoring seconds before the final whistle, tapping in Abujabarah’s cross to make it 7-0 at the death.

The victory puts Kuwait at the top of Group B, ahead of Jordan who had earlier beaten Chinese Taipei 2-1. The Blues host Australia on Tuesday, while Nepal travel to Taipei in pursuit of a first win on Matchday Two.

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  • 2019-09-01

U-23 Men's Team downsized to 32 member

The Nepal national U-23 football team side have announced their 32-member squad for the South Asian Games (SAG).  

Head coach Bal Gopal Maharjan had called up a squad of 45 players in the provisional training camp.

32-member squad:

Goalkeepers: Kiran Chemjong, Arpan Karki, Deep Karki, Dev Limbu, Roman Rasaili

Defenders: Ananta Tamang, Dinesh Rajbanshi, Suman Aryal, Bikram Lama, Ram Chandra Wajee, Rohit Chand, Bikash Khawash, Ashim Bhusal, Mikchen Tamang, Roman Limbu, Chhiring Gurung

Midfielders: Sujal Shrestha, Anjan Bista, Sunil Bal, Hemant Thapa Magar, Nitin Thapa, Sesehang Angdembe, Arik Bista, Dipesh Ale Magar, Tej Tamang

Forwards: Nawayug Shrestha, Bimal Gharti Magar, Abishek Rijal, Prijen Tamang, Rejin Subba, Rajib Lopchan, Rajesh Pariyar

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  • 2019-08-29

Kalin announces final squad for the match against Kuwait and Chinese Taipei

Nepal national football men’s team head coach Johan Kalin has announced his final squad for the match against Kuwait and Chinese Taipei of the Asian Qualifiers FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and Asian Cup China 2023.

Nepal will play Kuwait on September 5 in their opening Group B Qualifiers match.

Likewise, the team will challenge Chinese Taipei on September 10.

Biraj Maharjan was not a part of the team while Bimal Rana and Alan Neupane have also not been included.

Cutting two names, goalkeeper Kiran Chemjong and midfielder Rohit Chand replaces Neupane and Rana from his latest squad that travelled Malaysian to play Malaysian League champion Johor Darul Ta’Zim on August 26, 2019.

Final Squad:

Goalkeepers: Kiran Chemjong, Bikesh Kuthu, Bishal Shrestha

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

Midfielders: Sunil Bal, Ravi Paswan, Anjan Bista, Sujal Shrestha, Heman Gurung, Bikram Lama, Tej Tamang, Santosh Tamang, Bishal Rai, Rohit Chand

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

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  • 2019-08-27

Nepal lose 1-0 to Malaysian Super League Champion

Nepal lose 1-0 to Johor Darul Ta'Zim FC in a friendly match at the Tan Sri Dato' Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium, Johor, Malaysia today in their build up game for the match against Kuwait on September 5 and against Chinese Taipei on September 10 in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition.

JDT took the early lead on a goal by Nicolás Alberto Fernández in the 3rd minutes of the match. 

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  • 2019-08-16

Head Coach, Johan Kalin announced a 23-member squad for the friendly

Nepal Men’s National Team Head Coach, Johan Kalin on Friday announced a 23-member squad for the upcoming friendly with Johor Darul Ta’ Zim FC, Malaysian Super League Champion, on August 26, 2019.

The match will serve as the final preparation for the match against Kuwait on September 5 and against Chinese Taipei on September 10 in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition /AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Qualifiers. The match will be played at Pasar Gudang Stadium in Johar City, Malaysia,

Here’s the squad:

Goalkeepers: Bikesh Kuthu, Alan Neupane, Bishal Shrestha

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

Midfielders: Sunil Bal, Ravi Paswan, Anjan Bista, Sujal Shrestha, , Heman Gurung, Bikram Lama, Tej Tamang, Santosh Tamang, Bishal Rai

Forward: Bimal Gharti Magar, Bimal Rana, Abishek Rijal, Nawayug Shrestha.

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  • 2019-08-14

Nepal to play friendly with Malaysian League Champion

Nepal national football team will face Johor Darul Ta’ Zim FC on August 26, 2019 as part of their final preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition /AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Qualifiers.

Johan Kalin’s men will face the Malaysian Super League Champion at the Pasar Gudang Stadium in Johar City, Malaysia, just 10 days before they begin their 2022 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition /AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Qualifiers campaign.

Nepal are in Group B of the Preliminary Qualifiers Round 2 along with Australia, Jordan, Chinese Taipei and Kuwait.

Nepal will play Kuwait on September 5 at Jaber Al-Hamad International Stadium, Kuwait.

“It’s good to get a game as a friendly,” said Nepal head coach Johan Kalin.

“We are glad that Jarul Ta’ Zim FC is ready to play us. Games are of course important for us as the preparation and we look forward to play Darul Ta’ Zim FC,” he added.

Regarding the match with Kuwait, he said, “Kuwait has done some impressive results lately and played many of the games,”

“ Our players have been working very hard to prepare for this game. We look stronger and stronger as a team. Now we need to play games to know where we stand.”

In the last two fixtures, Nepal had once drawn Kuwait 0-0 and lost 1-0 with Kuwait in March.

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