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U-16 football team off to Belgium

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The U-16 national football team on Wednesday left for Belgium for training as Nepal gears up for the AFC U-16 Championship scheduled to begin in Thailand on August 20.

Nepal will also play a friendly with Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht's U-16 side during its week-long stay in Belgium. After Belgium, the team is scheduled to tour Qatar for further training and friendlies.

As preparation for the championship, the Nepal team has already visited South Korea for friendly matches with the Korean U-16 National Team, among other clubs.

Nepal is drawn alongside Uzbekistan, DPR Korea and Kuwait in Group C of the championship, which has a total of 16 teams vying for the title.

The top four teams of the AFC U-16 Championship will qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, to be held in Chile next year, according to ANFA.

Nepal qualified for the AFC U-16 Championship as the winner of Group ‘C' in the AFC U-16 Qualifiers 2013 held at Dasarath Stadium  in Kathmandu. Nepal defeated Bahrain 2-0, Turkmenistan 4-0 and played a 2-2 draw against Iraq.



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