Men's Team news


  • 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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  • 2019-08-09

Nepal to play first match in Kuwait

Kathmandu, 9 August 2019 – The Nepal National Team will be playing its first match of the World Cup 2022 Preliminary Competition/ AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Qualifiers in Kuwait, the Kuwait FA agreed to All Nepal Football Association's request to swap the fixtures concering the two sides, Friday morning.

The All Nepal Football Association had requested Kuwait FA, Chinese Taipei FA and Jordan FA to swap the fixtures due to the unavilabitly of the stadium.

Chinese Taipei and Jordan both had agreed but Kuwait FA had propsed both the matches to be played in Kuwait, to which the AFC and FIFA had declined basing their decision on the itegrity of the competition.

Following the acceptance from Kuwait, it is now confirmed that the first match shall be held in Kuwait on 5 September 2019. The match against Australia shall be held as per the orginial schedule.

As for the home matches, the All Nepal Football Associatioin (ANFA) is in talks with the National Sports Council and other member associations of the AFC to have it hosted in a neutral venue or in Nepal itself.

"We have been coordinating with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Sports Council to host Nepal's match on November 19 in Nepal.  If we forsee the facilities in Nepal will not be ready by then we shall go for a neutral venue," said Kiran Rai, ANFA Spokesperson/ Ex.Co member.

Here are the fixtures followin the change:

Kuwait VS Nepal:  Kuwait (Sept. 5)
Chinese Taipei VS Nepal: Taipei ( Sept. 10)
Jordan VS Nepal:  Jordan (Oct. 15)
Nepal VS Kuwait: Nepal (Nov. 19)
Nepal VS Chinese Taipei: Nepal( 26 March 2020)
Nepal VS Jordan: Nepal (4 June 2020)


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  • 2019-08-06

Kalin reduce his preliminary roster to 31-men

Head coach Johan Kalin on Tuesday has reduced his preliminary roster of the national team to 31-men for the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers.

Kalin’s 36-man preliminary squad has been preparing for the Qualifiers from last few months at the ANFA Complex.

Kamal Shrestha, Nitin Thapa, Sesehang Amdangbe, Amit Tamang and Mickchen Tamang are the five players cut by head coach Kalin.

Except Manang Marshyandi defender Kamal Shrestha, other axed players will then report the U23 training camp since the team is preparing for the South Asian Games under Bal Gopal Maharjan.

31-Men Preliminary Squad: 

Biraj Maharjan, Kiran Chemjong, Bikesh Kuthu, Bikram Lama, Sujal Shrestha, Nawayug Shrestha, Bishal Rai, Anjan Bista, Ranjit Dhimal, Santosh Tamang, Bimal Rana, Alan Neupane, Ajit Bhandari, Abishek Rijal, Ravi Silwal, Saroj Dahal, Tej Tamang, Suman Aryal, Devendra Tamang, Ravi Paswan, Ananta Tamang, Sunil Bal, Suvash Gurung, Dinesh Rajbansi, Heman Gurung, Bishal Shrestha, Bimal Pandey, Tridev Gurung, Bharat Khawash, Bimal Gharti Magar, Rohit Chand.

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  • 2019-08-02

Nepal U23 begins preparation

Nepal U-23 national football team have officially begun preparation for the South Asian Games (SAG) which is slated to be held in Nepal from December 1-10.

Kathmandu and Pokhara is hosting the multi-sports event.

Almost 25 players in the head coach Bal Gopal Maharjan’s provisional squad reported the first day training session at the ANFA Complex.

Head Coach Maharjan had called up 45 players including five senior players in the preliminary camp for the South Asian Games.

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

The U23 players who are preparing for the World Cup Qualifiers with the senior national team will be training with the national team while the other players will practice under Bal Gopal Maharjan.

Preliminary Squad:

Goalkeepers: Kiran Chemjong, Roman Rasaili, Arpan Karki, Deep Karki, Dev Limbu, Pradeep Bhandari, Abishek Baral.

Defenders: Rohit Chand, Ashim Bhusal, Bishwash Udas, Ananta Tamang, Dinesh Rajbansi, Bikash Khawash, Tshiring Gurung, Gaurav Budathoki, Rajan Gurung, Roman Limbu, Suman Aryal, Amit Tamang.

Mifielders: Hemant Thapa Magar, Roshan Pahari, Sesehang Angadembe, Nitin Thapa, Tej Tamang, Arik Bista, Aruj Singh, Bikram Lama, Ashok Thapa, Bijaya Shrestha, Sujal Shrestha, Dipesh Ale Magar, Anjan Bista, Sunil Bal, Sushant Shrestha, Ram Chandra Wajee.

Forwards: Bimal Gharti Magar, Dhiraj Shrestha, Rajesh Pariyar, Nawayug Shrestha, Mikchen Tamang,

Abishek Rijal, Prizen Tamang, Rejin Subba, Rajiv Lopchan, Pujan Uparkoti.  

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  • 2019-07-10

Committee formed to investigate altercation during National Team Training

The All Nepal Football Association has formed a three-member committee to investigate about the conflict between National Football Team’s Athletic Trainer Bivek Bikrant Adhikari and Nepal National Team player Kiran Chemjong.

The ANFA had named ANFA Ex.Co Memeber Madhu Sudan Upadhaya as the coordinator of the committee. The panel also includes Suryanath Adhikari and Sanjib Mishra.

The committee is asked to submit the reports to ANFA before July 14, 2019. 

Kiran and Bivek were involved in an altercation during the National team training on June 24, 2019. 

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  • 2019-05-20

Kalin announces his final squad for upcoming friendlies

Nepal Men’s national team head coach, Johan Kalin has announced his squad for the upcoming international friendlies next month.

Nepal will face Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur on June 2, and afterward, June 6, the team will play Chinese Taipei in an international friendly.

The match is part of the preparation matches for the FIFA World Cup 2020 Qualifiers.

Nepal Head Coach, Johan Kalin said: “It an opportunity for us to continue building a way of playing. We expect two tough games and hopefully we can take steps forwards.

“The selection is based on training done. Some new players have performed very well in the practice session and hopefully they can prove themselves in the games also.

“Some of the players have fitness problems and we have chosen to pick fully fit players to this games.”

Here’s the squad:

Goalkeepers: Kiran Chemjong, Alan Neupane, Bikesh Kuthu

Defenders: Biraj Maharjan, Saroj Dahal, Rajeen Dhimal, Suman Aryal, Ananta Tamang, Ajit Bhandari, Devendra Tamang, Ravi Silwal.

Midfielders/Forwards: Sunil Bal, Ravi Paswan, Sujal Shrestha, Bishal Rai, Rohit Chand, Bikram Lama, Santosh Tamang, Tej Tamang, Bimal Rana, Nawayug Shrestha, Abishek Rijal, Anjan Bista.

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