Saturday, April 13

“Pakistan is always a tough opponent to face” – Skipper Rohit

By a Staff Reporter

Kathmandu – Nepal, and Pakistan National Football teams are set to face each other after 4 years. The teams last met at the 2018 SAFF Championship before FIFA implemented a ban on Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) where Nepal lost the match by 2-1.

Pakistan is preparing to face Nepal on Wednesday as its first opponent after FIFA uplifted the ban implemented on them a few months ago. The match will kick off at 5 PM at Dashrath Stadium in Kathmandu.

The All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) has appointed Prabesh Katuwal as the interim head coach of the National Team. Katuwal, who is going to look after a national side for the first time stated that this is a big opportunity for him. “Everyone dreams to lead the National side while beginning a coaching career. I have my dreams come true and I am pleased with that,” said Katuwal at a pre-match conference.

The Nepal National team’s training was limited to only a week. However, Katuwal believes that they have properly utilized the specified period. “Though we got less time to prepare, we have done our best at the training session. Players were unfit when they joined the training but we are good to go now” the two-times Nepal’s top-tier league winner coach Katuwal stated.

Nepal will play the friendly match against Pakistan under the captaincy of Rohit Chand. Rohit, the utmost experienced player in the team mentioned that Pakistan is always a tough opponent to face.

“Pakistan has always been a tough opponent for us. Tomorrow’s match will be competitive. Anything can happen in a match, yet we will go for a win,” said Rohit. “Representing the country is more important than being named as a captain. Every player in the squad is captain for me.” Rohit added.

Nepal and Pakistan faced each other 17 times where Nepal won 5, lost 7, and drew 5.

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