By a Staff Reporter
Kathmandu (HamroKhelkud) – Nepal international goalkeeper Bishal Shrestha has announced his retirement from international football. Bisha;, who waited for ten long years to make his debut in international football, called it a day after the end of the Nepal Super League campaign of FC Chitwan, the team he captained.
Bishal, who was declared the Player of the Match on Friday, expressed his thoughts, saying, “After the SAFF Championship, I had made up my mind about retirement from the National Team. Now, I believe there should be room for the new generation as well.” Bishal added, “If there are regular leagues, I am considering continuing to play club football for some time.”
Despite facing a prolonged stint on the bench with the National Team, Bishal credited his family, friends, and well-wishers for their unwavering support. Reflecting on his journey, he mentioned being part of the team alongside notable players like Kiran Chemjong, Ritesh Thapa, and Bikash Malla and thanked Graham Roberts for giving him a chance as the fourth goalkeeper against Timor-Leste.
Although his debut took a decade to materialize, Bishal harbors no complaints. He mentioned the challenges but emphasized the immense significance of the opportunity that finally arrived in September 2021. “That day was unforgettable for me,” he shared. “Even though I didn’t get to play for a long time, I had to approach it with a different perspective. I’ve always felt supported by seniors and peers, and I want to express my gratitude to everyone at this moment.”
Bishal, after joining the national team in 2011, achieved his dream of making his debut as a substitute against India on September 5, 2021. Stepping onto the field in the 86th minute, he replaced the captain and goalkeeper Kiran Chemjong in the second friendly against India at the Dasharath Stadium. Bishal, a successful domestic campaigner, clinched the A Division League with Manang Marshyangdi Club and also secured two league titles with Machhindra Club.