By a Staff Reporter
Kathmandu – The All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) has appointed Rabeendra Silakar as the new head coach of the Nepal National U16 Football Team.
Silakar, who holds an AFC ‘A’ License certificate, recently controled Sankata Club’s dugout in the Martyr’s Memorial ‘A’ Division League 2023. Stepping in when Sankata Club was battling from relegation in the mid-season, Silakar saved Sankata from relegation. He was given the responsibility, following Salyan Khadgi’s resignation from the position of Head Coach in between the season.
Silakar’s experience in coaching goes back to 2016 when he was a part of the coaching staff that led Three Star to surpass the AFC Cup Qualifiers’ first round in Mongolia. Unfortunately, due to ANFA’s negligence, the club couldn’t compete in the second round.
The upcoming SAFF U16 Championship will be held in Bhutan from September 1 to September 10, and Nepal, under the guidance of Silakar, will kick off its campaign facing Bangladesh on September 2. .
Furthermore, ANFA has also entrusted the responsibility of leading the Nepal National U19 Football Team to Sunil Shrestha, the head coach of Jawalakhel Youth Club. Shrestha guided Jawalakhel to a fourth-place in Nepal’s most recent premier Division league, despite maintaining the top spot during the mid-season.
Nepal will host the SAFF U19 Championship from September 21 to September 30 at Dasarath Stadium. The tournament will commence with an exciting clash between Nepal and debutant Pakistan.