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Yemen Hand Nepal Second Successive Defeat In Qualifying
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Yemen Hand Nepal Second Successive Defeat In Qualifying

Kathmandu (HamroKhelkud) - Hosts Nepal succumbed to Yemen in the second fixture of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Second Round. Nepal, playing their first home fixture of the round at the Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu, lost 2-0 against Yemen. Substitutes Omar Al-Dahi and Mohammed Abdullah Al-Dahi scored a goal each for the visitors.  Nepal were equipped with the services of Ananta Tamang and Dinesh Henjan from the start, the two absentees in the 4-0 loss against UAE due to injury. It was Nepal who created the first clear chance of the match.  Forward Gillespye Jung Karki fouled the Yemen goalkeeper in his attempt to score in the third minute and squandered the opportunity. Gillespye was again at the center of attention when he failed to meet a Dinesh Henjan cross from the l...
Nepal Suffer A Convincing Loss Against UAE
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Nepal Suffer A Convincing Loss Against UAE

Kathmandu (HamroKhelkud) - Nepal suffered a convincing loss against UAE in the first match of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Second Round. Nepal lost 4-0 against a fairly superior UAE side at the Al-Maktoum Stadium in Dubai. UAE’s record goalscorer and skipper Ali Mabkhout netted twice for the hosts while Khalifa Al-Hammadi and Fabio Lima also put their names on the scoresheet with a goal each. As expected, UAE were the dominant side from the very start of the match. Nepal had to su-off Laken Limbu due to an apparent ankle injury early in the match and he was replaced by Amrit Shrestha who was the culprit in the two goals Nepal conceded in the match. He was then subbed off on a yellow and was replaced by debutant Yogesh Gurung at the start of the second half. UAE went ahead in...
Annese’s New Era eyes Progress amidst Pressure to Compete
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Annese’s New Era eyes Progress amidst Pressure to Compete

Subas Humagain, Kathmandu The Nepali men's national football team is facing the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday in the second round of FIFA World Cup 2026 AFC qualifiers. Only 3 players from the team that started the second round of the World Cup qualifiers 4 years ago are currently in the Nepali team. Captain Kiran Chemjong, who has played the most games for Nepal, defender Rohit Chand, who is playing football at the highest level, and Anjan Bista, the current top scorer are the only members who have repeated the journey. Nepal's most reliable defender Ananta Tamang was supposed to be in the team, but was rested after picking up an injury just 2 days before leaving for UAE. The current team of Nepal is probably the least experienced team competing at this level. Only ...
Nepal Squad Announced For UAE Clash With Three New Faces
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Nepal Squad Announced For UAE Clash With Three New Faces

Kathmandu (HamroKhelkud) - Nepal head coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese has announced his 23-man squad for the first FIFA World Cup Qualifiers second-round clash against the UAE in UAE. Italian head coach Annese has called up three new faces for the away clash against the UAE. Defender Yogesh Gurung, midfielder Nishal Hamal and forward Rajesh Pariyar are the three new faces in the national team squad. Yogesh played for Three Star Club in the recent A Division League and had 20 appearances for them. SAG Gold Medalist Rajesh Pariyar, who played for Friends Club recently, also received his maiden senior call-up. Similarly, another new addition, midfielder Nishan Hamal, is a new name in the Nepali footballing circuit. Raised in Portugal, Nishan joined the closed camp a few weeks ag...
Anjila Set To Continue With IWL Side Sethu FC
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Anjila Set To Continue With IWL Side Sethu FC

By a Staff Reporter Kathmandu (HamroKhelkud) - Nepal Women's National Team goalkeeper Anjila Tumbapo Subba is set to continue with Indian Women's League side Sethu FC. She has extended her stay with the Indian outfit. Anjila was with Sethu in their run up to the semifinal stage in the previous league season. Sethu lost against Kickstart FC in the semifinals and bowed out of the title race. Nepal internationals Saru Limbu and Renuka Nagarkote were with Kickstart last season. Talking to HamroKhelkud, Anjila expressed her happiness for extending her stay with Sethu. It is a great pleasure to play two seasons in a row with Sethu", said Anjila. "Hopefully, we will be able to get better last season's results this time around." The new IWL season will kick off in December and con...
Nepal Oust Laos To Move Forward In World Cup Qualifiers
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Nepal Oust Laos To Move Forward In World Cup Qualifiers

By a Staff Reporter Kathmandu (HamroKhelkud) - Nepal National Football team have booked their place in the second round of FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers with a win in Laos. Nepal defeated home side Laos with a slender margin of 1-0 to keep their World Cup Qualifying journey alive. Manish Dangi's goal early in the second half secured the win for Nepal. Nepal, having played a 1-1 draw at home on Thursday, needed a win to have more competitive matches under their belt. Nepal's performance in the first half couldn't ruffle the Lao feathers in the first half but took the lead right after the break. Nepal head coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese had made three changes from the eleven that started the previous match. Dinesh Henjan's cross from a free-kick in the 12th minute was easil...
Anjan’s Record-Equalling Goal Guides Nepal To A Draw Against Laos
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Anjan’s Record-Equalling Goal Guides Nepal To A Draw Against Laos

By a Staff Reporter Kathmandu (HamroKhelkud) - In an evenly poised encounter at the Dasharath Stadium, Anjan Bista's record-equalling goal for Nepal resulted in a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Laos in the first leg of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers first round. Anjan's header, courtesy of Arik Bista's corner kick in the 49th minute, not only brought Nepal back into the game but also solidified his position in history. With this goal, Anjan joined the ranks of Hari Khadka and Nirajan Rayamajhi, sharing the record for the most goals scored for the Nepal Men's Football Team. This goal marked his 13th for Nepal, achieved in his 60th game since his national debut against the Philippines in 2014. A challenging first half for Nepal saw Laos take the lead with a brilliant goal by thei...
Nepal vs. Laos: Head to Head
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Nepal vs. Laos: Head to Head

By a Staff Reporter Kathmandu - The Nepal National Football Team geared up to face Laos in the initial round of the FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers today. The Dasarath Stadium will be the battleground for the first leg of this double-header, kicking off at 5:30 PM local time. In the history of their encounters, Nepal has crossed paths with Laos on four occasions. Nepal holding the 175th position in the FIFA rankings, has asserted dominance, securing victory three times, with one match ending in a draw against Laos standing at 186th. The first meeting between the two nations took place back in 2016, resulting in a 1-1 draw. The second encounter occurred in November later that year during the AFC Solidarity Cup, where Nepal emerged victorious in the shootouts after a 2-2 deadlo...
Nepal Squad For World Cup Qualifiers Against Laos Announced
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Nepal Squad For World Cup Qualifiers Against Laos Announced

By a Staff Reporter Kathmandu (HamroKhelkud) - Nepal's final squad for the FIFA World Cup 2026 First Round of Qualifiers has been announced. Italian coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese has announced his 23-man squad including two new faces. Annese has included Himalayan Sherpa Club defender Amrit Shrestha and New Road Team forward Sanjeeb Bista for the first time in the national team. The first round of qualifiers will be a two-legged affair. The first leg will be held tomorrow at the Dasharath Stadium while the return leg will be held in Laos on October 17. The winners of this round will qualify for the second round which will be held in a grouped format. Nepal squad: Goalkeepers: Kiran Kumar Limbu, Deep Karki, Abhishek Baral Defenders: Sanish Shrestha, Ananta Tama...
India Clinch U-19 SAFF For A Third Consecutive Time
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India Clinch U-19 SAFF For A Third Consecutive Time

By a Staff Reporter Kathmandu (HamroKhelkud) - India have clinched the SAFF U-19 Championship title for the third consecutive time, securing a remarkable 3-0 victory over Pakistan at the Dasharath Stadium. Manglenthang Kipgen's outstanding performance propelled India's win, as he scored two goals, with Gwgwmsar Goyari sealing the win with a third goal in injury time. The runners-up, Pakistan, had reached the final in their first participation in the tournament. India and Pakistan made the final with wins on penalties in the semifinals. India defeated hosts Nepal while Pakistan trounced Bhutan in the final four. India started the tournament defeating Bangladesh 3-0 in the group stage and overcoming Bhutan with a 2-1 win. Pakistan, on the other hand, started their campa...
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