FIFA President Sepp Blatter may visit Nepal to inaugurate the AFC President’s Cup Nepal is hosting for the first time from March 8.
Although the visit of head of football world’s governing body has not been officially confirmed, but ANFA President Ganesh Thapa told leading national dailies Thursday that he is confident Blatter will confirm his visit within a week’s time.
Thapa said that if Blatter is unable to make it to the inauguration of the AFC Cup, then he may come to observe the finals on May 14.
During his visit, Blatter will also inaugurate the Chaysal Technical Centre under FIFA Goal Project, it is learnt.
Blatter may also visit other South Asian countries like Bhutan and Bangladesh after visiting Nepal.
Thapa also revealed ANFA's plan to build a big stadium within next two years. "That (stadium) will help us organize more top-level football in future," Thapa added.
Nepal’s National Football team has already started training for the upcoming AFC Challenge Cup 2012.
The national players are being trained by head coach Graham Roberts, assistant coach Megraj KC, and goalkeeper coach Upendra Man Sing twice a day.
Nepal has been drawn along with Palestine, Maldives and Turkmenistan in group ‘A’ while defending champion North Korea, India, Tajikistan and Philippines have been placed in group ‘B’ of the tournament.
Nepal is set to face Palestine in the opening match of the tournament on March 8, 2012 at Dashrath Stadium, Kathmandu.
This is the biggest international football tournament being held in Nepal.
Previously, Nepal had participated in two series of AFC Cup of the total three tournaments.
Nepal had secured fourth position in 2006 while the team failed to reach the knock out round in 2008. Nepal did not qualify for the tournament in 2010. nepalnews.com