Sunday, 23rd November 2014

Nepali team off to Thailand for AFC U-16 C’ship


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 Nepal’s U-16 football squad, along with sports officials, at a farewell ceremony in Kathmandu on Monday. The team left for Thailand for the AFC U-16 Championship on Wednesday.The Nepali U-16 football squad has left for Thailand to compete in the AFC U-16 Championship scheduled to kick off from September 6 to 20, 2014.

The top four teams in the championship will qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015.

The squad comprises goalkeepers Roman Rasaili and Srijan Shrestha while the mid-fielders are Hemant Thapa Magar, Kiran Sunar, Anil Rai, Sanjok Rai, Bikash Thapa, Ravi Bhandari, Jonom Man Ligal and Tejendra Pun.

Aakash Thapa, Amit Tamang, Sudan Thapa, Dinesh Rajbanshi, Gaurav Budhathoki and Rupesh Tamang are the defenders in the team and the forwards include Bimal Gharti Magar, Anjan Bista, Sujit Gurung, Shiva Subedi and Sunil Bal.

Bal Gopal Maharjan is the head coach and Dinesh Byanjankar the manager of the squad.

Nepal has been drawn alongside Uzbekistan, Kuwait and North Korea in Group C among the 16 participating teams.

Nepal will take on Uzbekistan in its inaugural match of the championship on September 7, Kuwait on September 9 and North Korea on September 11.

The top two teams from each group will qualify for the knockout stages.


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