Friday, April 19

Machhindra FC Signs 8 New Players for AFC Cup Qualifiers

By a Staff Reporter

Kathmandu – The Martyr’s Memorial ‘A’ Division League 2023 runners-up Machhindra FC roped in 8 new players for the AFC Cup Qualifiers Preliminary Stage.

With league champions Church Boys United failing to obtain the AFC Club License, Machhindra FC earned the opportunity to participate in the AFC Cup Qualifiers. Seizing the chance, the club has bolstered its squad with 8 new signings, including 5 national team players.

The team’s AFC Cup journey will kick off on 8 August at Dasarath Stadium, where they will host Bhutan’s Paro FC at 5:30 PM. If successful against Paro FC, Machhindra FC will advance to face Indian Super League side Mohan Bagan Giant on 16 August.

Ashish Chaudhary and Arik Bista, prominent players from League winners Church Boys United, have made the switch to Machhindra FC for the AFC Cup campaign. Additionally, the squad has been further strengthened with the inclusion of National Team Members Laken Limbu, Aayush Ghalan, and Sanish Shrestha, who will proudly represent the White Lions in the AFC Cup qualifiers.

Joining the ranks are Cameroonian Messouke Olomou and siblings Rejin and Rohit Subba. The trio represented relegated FC Khumaltar in the most recent top-tier league.

Furthermore, Machhindra FC has retained 15 players from their ‘A’ Division League squad, adding depth and continuity to the team’s composition.

Team Manager Anil Shrestha confirmed that the newly signed players will remain with the club for the duration of Machhindra’s AFC Cup journey.

Fans nationwide and overseas can catch the excitement as Kantipur Television broadcasts the matches live. The ticketing rights have been granted to Mount Everest Sports And Events Pvt. Ltd. Ticket prices have been set at Nrs. 200 for normal parapet and Nrs. 500 for VIP parapet.

Final Squad

Goalkeeper : Bishal Shrestha, Pradip Bhandari

Defender : Sanish Shrestha, Omolaja Nurain Kareem, Devendra Tamang, Diwakar Chaudhary, Tshring Gurung, Suraj BK

Midfielder : Andres Nia, Arik Bista, Saurav Limbu, Laken Limbu, Dipesh Ghale, Utsab Rai, Abishek Gurung

Forward : Bimal Gharti Magar, Aasish Chaudhary, Ayush Ghalan, Afeez Oladipo Olawale, Messouke Olomou, Bijaya Bhujel, Rejin Subba, Rohit Subba

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