Competition news


  • 2019-09-22

Bhutan defeats Nepal 3-0, makes a comfortable start

Bhutan with a dominant 3-0 win over hosts Nepal at APF Stadium, Halchowk began their SAFF U18 Championship campaign with a comfortable win.

Yeshi Dorji, Kelzan Jigmi and Karma Sonam scored a goal each in the win for Bhutan.

Nepal struggled all of the time to influence proceedings against visitors.

Yeshi in the 37th minute stole the show for Bhutan scoring with a close range shot that crept inside from Nepal goalie Bishal Sunar.

Karma Sonam sealed the points for Bhutan scoring in the 90th minute.

The win for Bhutan mean, they enter semifinals of the championship while Nepal waits the result between Bhutan and Maldives. 

Four minutes before, Kelzan had doubled their tally through penalty.

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  • 2019-09-20

Nepal, Maldives held 1-1 draw

Manish Dangi cancelled out Hasan Nazeem’s penalty goal as Nepal were held to a 1-1- draw in the inaugural match of the SAFF U18 Championship held today at the APF Stadium, Halchowk.

Manish Dangi’s header found the back of the net in the 75th minute, the striker beating opponent goalkeeper Hassan Aleef after receiving a neat cross from Brijesh Chaudhary.

Maldives Skipper Hasan gave the visitors a 13th minute lead when he converted his spot kick after he was fouled by Roshan Dong.

After equalizing the score, he hosts continued to produce good chances but the Maldivian backliner were brilliant to keep out Nepal's frontliner denied twice in the final two minutes.

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  • 2019-09-17

Nepal U-18 Final Squad Announced

Head coach Chet Narayan Shrestha today announced the final 23-member Nepal U-18 football squad for the upcoming SAFF U18 Championship which is set to begin from September 20.

Nepal is hosting the championship at Halchowk Stadium.

Goalkeeper Rohit Karki and midfielder Dipesh Gurung have been released from the ongoing camp for the championship.

Head Coach Shrestha trimmed the squad after a eight-day-long preparatory camp in Pokhara.

Nepal will play their opening match against Maldives on September 20.


Goalkeepers: Bishal Sunar, Surya Adhikari, Pujan Hona

Defenders: Bishal Basnet, Randip Poudel, Padam Bhattarai, Sujan Sharma, Nabin Gurung, Roshan Dong, Alik Rumba, Anjal Maharjan

Midfielders: Sishir Lekhi, Roshan Rana Magar, Akash Buda Magar, Jaya Gurung, Manish Thapa, Kushal Phuyal, Nitin Thapa

Forwards: Brijesh Chaudhary, Sachu Gurung, Kailash Lamichhane, Darshan Gurung, Manish Dangi

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  • 2019-09-16

AFC U16 Qualifiers: Nepal 0-7 Jordan

Three goals in five minutes virtually sealed Jordan an early victory as midfielder Ahmad Ayman Abdallah opened the scoring in the 16th minute.

Their lead was doubled by Ali Ahmad Hajabi three minutes later and Nepal were rocked again just seconds later as Abdel Qader Alalem further widened Jordan's advantage.

Nepal regrouped and held Jordan at bay for the next 22 minutes but poor defending saw them concede another two goals just before the half-time break.

Mohammad Khaled Obeidat found the back of the net in the 42nd minute and before Nepal could recover, Alalem scored his second of the match in the 43rd minute.

Alalem completed his hat-trick two minutes into the restart and Saraj Muneer Alma'aitah put the icing on an emphatic win with Jordan's seventh goal in the 80th minute.

Nepal will have a chance to bounce back when they play Kuwait on Monday while Jordan are next in action on Wednesday, when they play Sri Lanka.


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  • 2019-09-08

U16 Squad Announced for AFC U16 Qualifiers

The final 23- player Nepal U16 squad to play in the upcoming AFC U16 Championship 2020 Qualifiers has been announced.

Nepal will begin its U16 Championship campaign on September 14 when it takes hosts Jordan.

Nepal will play its second match against Kuwait on September 16, against Tajikistan on September 20 and against Sri Lanka on September 22.

Three players- goalkeeper Ishwor Gurung, midfielder Pradip Lamsal and Ashim Rai- are exclusions from the squad that travelled India for the SAFF U15 Championship weeks ago.

Head coach Sunil Shrestha have included Patthunghang Nembang, Crystal Shakya and Dipesh Rai in the team.

“The squad has been through extensive trainings and competition opportunity (SAFF U15 Championship). The boys had exposure in India and we are looking forward to the challenge of taking of best in the Qualifiers,’ said head coach Shrestha in the after announcing the squad.

Final Squad:

Goalkeepers: Manoj Dahal, Jineyas KC, Patthunghang Nembang

Defenders: Ajay Chaudhary, Abishek Waiba, Jan Limbu, Roshan Thapa, Pragyan Maharjan, Pramish Gurung, Aamir Hamid

Midfielders: Nitesh Shrestha, Crystal Shakya, Janme Jay Dhami, Bipin Tumsing Magar, Mohit Gurung, Nirajan Malla, Anil Chaulagain, Nirajan Khatri

Forwards: Sashank Bohora, Sugam Jimee, Krishna Adhikari Yadav, Krish Sapkota, Dipesh Rai

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  • 2019-09-02

Nepal U15 finish second in SAFF U15 Championship

Neal U15 lost 7-0 to India U15 7-0 in the finals of the SAFF U15 Championship at Kalyani Stadium on Saturday.

Maheson Singh (15’), Amandeep (41’), Sibajit Singh (45+3’), Himanshu Jangra (65’) and Sridath Nongmeikapam (52’, 76’, 80’) got their names on the scoresheet.

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  • 2019-08-18

Futsal Committee calls 37 players in the training camp

The ANFA Futsal committee on Sunday has announced the preliminary 37-men futsal players for the upcoming AFC Futsal Championship Turkmenistan 2020 Qualifiers.

The Qualifiers is set to be held in IR Iran from 23-25 October, 2019.

In the qualifiers, Nepal has been grouped with Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

Eleven Futsal Level 1 certificate holding coaches selected the players from 5-days nationwide trails and selection procedure that was held in Bhatbateni Health Club, Chhuchepati. 

The ANFA Futsal Committee also has appointed Bishnu Gurung and Gaurab Basnet as the head coach and coach of the National Futsal team.

“ Only fit players will be given priority and hence the players will go under YOYO test after we start camp for the players,”’ said ANFA FUTSAL Committee Co-coordinator Dawa Lama.

“We have added five players in the option as the players are currently training with the National U23 team for the South Asian Games (SAG),” added Lama.

Preliminary Squad:

Sumit Ale, Netra Bahadur Shrestha, Anish Shrestha, Rabi Chandra Thapa, Nabin Lama, Aadil Hamid, Bijaya Shrestha, Binod Gurung, Aashish Lama, Amit Lama, Dipesh Ghale, Nirmal Gurung, Avaya Rana, Bijaya Gurung, Aashish Kapali, Sandip Karki, Bishwojit Rai, Alik Tamang, Jenish Prajapati, Mani Lama, Saroj Tamang, Prabesh Joshi, Dipesh Shrestha, Rupesh Chettri, Krijal Khadka, Urjen Sherpa, Rafi Maharjan, Manish Sedai, Mishan Lama, Sanjay Rajbahak, Bijay Bohara, Himshail GC.

Optional Players:

Manoj Tamang, Suraj Gurung, Bijay Shrestha, Aruj Singh and Sushan Shrestha.

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  • 2019-08-13

Chet Narayan downsize squad to 30

Head coach Chet Narayan Shrestha trimmed his preliminary squad from 46 to 30 after Monday’s selection match played among with the team.

The team also had played a friendly match with Nepal U16 team last Friday.

Coach Shrestha said that the omitted players are promising but still needs to improve themselves.

“Few players (12 players) in the squad has A Division experience and I believe that the reduced players can improve by playing domestic competitions and leagues.

Nepal have been placed in Group A of the SAFF U18 Championship alongside Bhutan, Maldives and Pakistan.

“My team have clear objective, to reach final and win it. We are in fair group and for us the important thing is Nepal is hosting the championship.”

“We may not be the favorite team but we are ready,” said Shrestha to ANFA Media.

APF Stadium, Kathmandu is hosting the championship from 20 to 29 September 2019.

Shrestha will announce his final 23-member squad in the first week of September.


Goalkeepers: Bishal Sunar, Rohit Karki, Surya Adhikari, Pujan Hona.

Defenders: Bishal Basnet, Randip Poudel, Padam Bhattarai, Ashim Gurung, Sujan Sharma, Nabin Gurung, Roshan Dong, Bishant Basnet, Alik Rumba, Anjan Maharjan.

Midfielders: Sishir Lekhi, Dipesh Gurung, Roshan Rana Magar, Rajan Pun, Akash Buda Magar, Rejin Majhi, Jaya Gurung, Manish Thapa, Kushal Phuya, Nitin Thapa.

Forwards: Brijesh Chaudhary, Sachu Gurung, Niraj Chaudhary, Kailash Lamichhane, Darshan Gurung, Manish Dangi.

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