Wednesday, June 19

Nepal to begin SAFF U17 campaign facing Bhutan

By a Staff Reporter

The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) announced the fixtures for SAFF U-17 Championship scheduled to take place in September.

The SAFF U-17 Championship will run from September 5 to 14 at Racecourse International Stadium in Sri Lanka. Nepal is drawn in Group ‘B’ alongside India and Bhutan. Similarly, hosts Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Bangladesh are placed in group ‘A’.

Bhutan will face India in the opener of the Championship whereas Bangladesh will take on Sri Lanka in the second match of the opening day.  

Nepal will play its first match of the championship against Bhutan on September 7. The top two teams from both groups will qualify for the semi-finals to be played on 12th September. The winners of the semi-final matches will vie for the trophy on 14th September.

Almost 1700 players from all over the country participated in an open trial organized by ANFA to form the age group team. 60 players were selected in the initial phase which was reduced to 30 later.

ANFA has appointed Urjan Shrestha as the Head coach and Prabin Shrestha has been given the responsibility of Goalkeeping Coach.  

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