The U-16 National Football Team has left for South Korea on Monday to play practice matches with Korean teams prior to the AFC U-16 Championship scheduled for September in Thailand.
National Sports Council (NSC) along with All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) jointly bade farewell to the team amidst a program in Kathmandu today.
The team will play three friendly matches with Korean U-16 National Team among other clubs during its stay in South Korea, informed Nepal U-16 head coach Bal Gopal Maharjan after the farewell program.
Similarly, the national team will also tour to Qatar and Belgium for more practice and friendly matches after South Korea. Then, it will directly fly to Thailand for AFC U-16 Championship that is scheduled to begin from August 20.
The team comprises of goalkeeper Roman Rasaili, Srijan Shrestha and Devraj Limbu while Ananta Tamang, Akasah Thapa, Dinesh Rajbanshi, Amit Tamang, Ujjwal Chemjong, Rupesh Tamang, Gaurave Budhathoki and Sudan Thapa are defenders.
Similarly, mid-fielders are Anil Rai, Bikash Thapa, Hemanta Thapa, Kiran Sunar, Sanjog Rai and Sunil Bal while Bimal Gharti Magar, Anjan Bista, Sujit Gurung, Siva Subedi and Kamal Thapa are strikers of the team.
Nepal is drawn along with Uzbekistan, DPR Korea and Kuwait in Group C of the Championship. Altogether 16 teams will compete in the Championship.
The event is arranged also focusing on FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in Chile next year as the top four nations will qualify via this championship to the World Cup, said ANFA.
“I am pretty confident over Nepal’s qualification to the next round as per the potentials of the players,” said head coach Maharjan.
Nepal had qualified to the AFC U-16 Championship as the Group ‘C' winner during AFC U-16 Qualifiers 2013 held at Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu. Nepal had defeated Bahrain 2-0, Turkmenistan 4-0 and played 2-2 draw against Iraq.