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  • 2019-10-03

48-member provisional squad for AFC U19 Qualifiers announced

Newly appointed head coach of Nepal U19 team Megh Raj KC has invited 48-member provisional squad ahead of the AFC U19 Championship 2020 Qualifiers in IR Iran from November 6. 

Nepal is in Group D of the Qualifiers alongside UAE, IR Iran and Kyrgyz Republic.

The invited players are expected to report for the preparation camp from October 11, 2019.

Provisional Squad:

Brijesh Chaudhary, Sachu Gurung, Niraj Chaudhary, Kailash Lamichhane, Darshan Gurung, Manish Dangi, Sishir Lekhi, Dipesh Gurung, Roshan Rana Magar, Ranjan Pun, Akash Buda Magar, Rejin Majhi, Jaya Gurung, Manish Thapa, Kushal Phuyal, Nitin Thapa, Bishal Basnet, Randip Paudel, Padam Bhattarai, Ashim Gurung, Sujan Sharma, Nabin Gurung, Roshan Dong, Bishant Basnet, Alik Rumba, Anjal Maharjan, Bishal Sunar, Rohit Karki, Surya Adhikari, Pujan Hona, Ashim Bhusal, Bikash Khawash, Karma Sherpa, Bishal Sahi, Bijaya Shrestha, Nirajan Maharjan, Ram Gurung, Yubesh Thapa Magar, Mahesh Shah, Rajiv Lopchan, Anil Maharjan, Mausam Karki, Mausam Subba, Nisen Subba, Rejin Subba, Dinesh Hemjan, Dipesh Ale Magar, Yogesh Gurung

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  • 2019-10-02

Megh Raj appointed U-19 head coach

Three Star Head Coach Megh Raj KC has been appointed the coach of the Nepal U-19 National Team for the AFC U-19 Qualifiers scheduled to be held in IR Iran from Nov.6.

The position was vacant after the previous coach Chet Narayan Shrestha announced his resignation following Nepal's unexpected faring in the SAFF U-18 Championship 2019 held in Kathmandu from Sept. 20-29.

Nepal, who were the defending champions, crashed out from the group stages following defeats by Bhutan and draw by the Maldives.

Other positions (GK Coach and Assistant Coach) which also remain vacant will be filled in shortly.

Nepal are in  Group D with host IR Iran, United Arab Emirates, and the Kyrgyz Republic.

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  • 2019-09-27

Bangladesh, India to clash for title

Bangladesh and India will play in the final of the SAFF U-18 Championship 2019 final on Sunday after winning their respective semi-final ties 4-0 at the APF Stadium in Kathmandu on Friday.

Bangladesh defeated Bhutan 4-0 while India saw off Maldives with the same scoreline to set up a repeat of their Group B clash which ended 0-0.

Bhutan will face Maldives in the third-place playoff on Sunday.

Bangladesh took the lead through Mohammad Tanbir Hossain in the 16th minute.

They furthered their advantage with goals from Mohammad Foysal Ahmed Fahim in the 27th minute and Mohammad Maraz Hossain five minutes later. Dipok Roy completed the win in the 87th minute.


India were also quick in finding their opening goal with Narender Gahlot rising high to nod home a corner in the seventh minute.

The lead was doubled a minute into first half stoppage time as Muhammed Rafi's header saw the ball hit the ground, only for his shin to push the ball into the net.

India were content to protect their lead in the second half, allowing Maldives to come at them but were not really troubled.

They scored their third when Manvir Singh capitalised on a mistake by the Maldives goalkeeper in the 79th minute and Ninthoi volleyed home from outside the box two minutes later to complete an emphatic win.

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  • 2019-09-25

Bhutan face Bangladesh while India play Maldives in the semifinals

Bhutan face Bangladesh while India play Maldives in the semifinals of the ongoing SAFF U18 Championship 2019 that is being held at APF Stadium, Halchowk.

The Bhutan U18 team became the first team to reach the semifinals of the SAFF tournament. Bhutan defeated defending champions Nepal 3-0 and played goalless draw against Maldives in their group matches to top the group with four points.

Likewise, India emerged into the semifinals as Group ‘B’ leader as per the draw lot rule.

India after defeating Sri Lanka 3-0 in their last match today collected four points in total to tie with Bangladesh - who had defeated Sri Lanka 3-0 and played goalless draw with India.

The semifinals are set on 27 September.

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  • 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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