Wednesday, June 19

National football team to leave for Thailand on Monday

By a Staff Reporter

Kathmandu – Nepal’s men’s national football team is all set to leave for Thailand on Monday to play two friendly matches. Nepal will face Thailand’s national team on March 24 and then a local club – Chonburi FC – on March 27. Both the matches will be held on Chonburi’s ground.

ANFA has announced Kiran Chemjong as the captain of the 25-member squad. Chemjong is currently in the Maldives to play professional football in the island nation. He will join the national team in Thailand alongside defender Rohit Chand, who is in Indonesia.

Jagjeet Shrestha, another influential player of Nepal’s 25-member squad announced for the friendlies, is in Australia.

The two friendly matches serve as Nepal’s preparation for the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. Prior to this, Nepal had hosted Mauritius for two friendly matches at its home turf on January 29 and February 1. Nepal had won both the matches with an identical score of 1-0.

National Sports Council’s Acting Member Secretary Kul Bahadur Thapa bade farewell to the team amid a function on Sunday.

National Team Players:

Kiran Chemjong (Captain), Tikendra Thapa (Goalkeeper), Deep Karki (Goalkeeper), Ashish Lama, Aayush Ghalan, Ananta Tamang, Anjan Bista, Arik Bista, Prashant Awasthi, Navin Gurung, Darshan Gurung, Nitin Thapa, Dinesh Rajbanshi, Gautam Shrestha, Pujan Uparkoti, Santosh Tamang, Aakash Budha Magar, Suman Aryal, Suman Lama, Sudip Gurung, Suraj Jyu Thakuri, Tej Tamang, Subash Gurung, Rohit Chand and Jagjeet Shrestha.

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