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Monday, 3 October 2011

Historic Visit of Nepal National football Team ASEAN Region Tour Confirmed ( With Fixtures)

As part of preparation for the upcoming SAFF Championship to be held in India in December, Nepali team will be leaving for abroad training and friendly matches on Saturday.

The All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) stated on Sunday that the national team will leave Nepal on Saturday to prepare for the SAFF to be held in Delhi from December 1-15.

According to ANFA, Nepali team will travel Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia and Thailand to prepare for the SAFF. ANFA has confirmed five friendly matches to be played abroad and a couple of matches are yet to be scheduled.

Nepali team will play its first friendly match against Philippines national team on October 11, three days after their departure from Nepal. The team will leave for Malaysia on October 13 and play a friendly against Olympic team (U-23) of Malaysia on October 15 and undergo a close camp training until October 24 in Malaysia. Similarly, the national team will also play two more matches with local clubs and other Malaysian teams during its stay.

The Nepali team headed by Graham Roberts will leave for Cambodia on October 25 and play a friendly against Olympic team of Cambodia three days later. On October 31, Nepal will play against Olympic team (U-23) of Thailand and against national team on November 3. Nepali team will also play some friendly matches with local Thailand teams.  

Meanwhile, ANFA has declared a 21-member team for its abroad program including Nepal Police Club midfielder Ramesh Katuwal for the first time in the team. Except for him, the rest of the team members are the same as in the previous squad. Upendraman Singh is the assistant coach of Roberts.

Roberts opined that friendly matches were essential for the national team before international matches. "I am assured that the four-week long tour will be fruitful for lifting the confidence of players. The current target of the team is SAFF and it the will be very much helpful."

Meanwhile, Nepal will host the 2012 AFC Festival of Football U-14 to be played among South Asian Regional teams. The festival to be held from May 10-25 in 2012 will be participated by Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bhutan.

Selected players: Goalkeepers: Kiran Chemjong, Bikash Malla, Ritesh Thapa; Defenders: Bikash Singh Chhetri, Biraj Maharjan, Deepak Bhusal, Rabin Shrestha, Rohit Chand, Sagar Thapa (C), Sandip Rai; Midfielders: Anil Ojha, Bharat Khawas, Jagjeet Shrestha, Nirajan Khadka, Sujal Shrestha, Bhola Silwal, Ramesh Katwal; Forwards: Anil Gurung, Jumanu Rai, Ganesh Lawati, Santosh Sahukhala

Nepali team´s fixtures
Date        Opponent
Oct 11        Philippines National Team
Oct 15        Malaysia (U-23)
Oct 28        Cambodia (U-23)
Oct 31        Thailand (U-23)
Nov 3        Thailand National Team

(Date for some friendly matches against Thai and Malaysian clubs to be fixed later)

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