Nepali women football team left for Kuwait to play international friendly matches on Thursday. Nepal will face host Kuwait on January 13 and 15.
Then Nepal team will be without its regular skipper and key forward Jumanu Gurung who is nursing an injury she sustained during the first Women’s League in Far-West last month. She has been advised by the doctors to rest for at least three months. However, all players of the SAFF Championship including Gurung have been included for the friendly.
Coach Kumar Katwal confirms that Chandra Bhandari could replace Gurung and decided to give the captain’s armband to Bhandari. Katwal this Bhandari is a talented forward and hopes she will not let us feel the absence of 28 years old veteran forward.
Coach feels that a week long closed camp training has helped the team to correct their weaknesses a farewell programme.
National Sports Council Member Secretary Yubaraj Lama, All Nepal Football Association President Ganesh Thapa among others bade farewell to the team.
Meanwhile ANFA President Thapa said they have requested the All India Football Federation for friendly matches but AIFF hasn’t respond yet and also revealed plans to establish a football academy for girls’ by the next year.