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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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  • 2019-10-21

Nepal U23 football team to play Myanmar U23 in Qatar in a friendly; squad announced

Nepal national U23 team will play a friendly match against Myanmar U23 team on 25 October, 2019 in Doha, Qatar.

The match will allow Nepal U23 team practice ahead of this years for South Asian Games (SAG) while Myanmar is preparing for the South East Asian (SEA) Games.

The men’s football team in the SAG are allowed three senior players in the team. 

Commenting on the fixture, Nepal U23 Head coach Bal Gopal Maharjan said, “Exposure match against Myanmar is a good side. It will be a tough challenge and will help us to prepare for the assignments in home (SAG).”  

The Nepal U23 team will leave for Doha on Tuesday morning.

Squads: 

Ananta Tamang, Anjan Bista, Bikram Lama, Sujal Shrestha, Dinesh Rajbanshi, Tej Tamang, Abishek Rijal, Sunil Bal, Hemant Thapa Magar, Tshiring Gurung, Arpan Karki, Deep Karki, Dev Limbu, Bikash Khawash, Roman Limbu, Nitin Thapa, Sesehang Angdembe, Mikchhen Tamang, Ram Chandra Wajee, Prezen Tamang, Rejin Subba, Rajiv Lopchan, Nawayug Shrestha, Suman Aryal. 

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  • 2019-10-20

Friendly against Myanmar and England C Team Confirmed

Nepal national football team is set to take on Myanmar in an international friendly on November 7, 2019 in Mandalay.

The friendly game 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 playing four away matches are fourth in Group B with their win over Chinese Taipei. 

Nepal will host Kuwait on 19 November at the Darasarth Stadium. 

Likewise, Nepal's friendly fixture against England C Team has also been confirmed on 25 May, 2020. The game will be played at Aldershot Town Football Club and the match will kick off at 3:00 PM GMT. 

The friendly match in England has been arranged by Laurence Jones, Head of National League System and Football Operations Division of the Football Association of England and his Excellency the Ambassador of  Nepal to the United Kingdom Dr Durga Bahadur Subedi. 

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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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