Nepal U-16 will face host Kyrgyzstan Friday

nepal u16 starting xi

Nepal will face host Kyrgyzstan in its second match of Group B in the AFC U-16 Championship qualifiers on Friday.

The match between Nepal and Kyrgyzstan will be played under floodlights at the Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, Bishkek at 19:45 NST.

Since Nepal has three points after a 2-1 win over Jordan on Wednesday, victory over the host will be vital for Nepal to close in on finishing top of the table. But a defeat or a draw for Nepal is likely to determine the team's fate on the outcome of its match against Oman.

Nepal's coach Upendra Man Singh said that his side must be cautious while playing against the home team. "Our players need to focus on their game rather than the spectators. Kyrgyzstan is a strong side. However defeating a strong team like Jordan has boosted our morale," said Singh, who added that the match under floodlight will not affect Nepal's performance. "We have already played under floodlights during the SAFF U-16 Championship held in Bangladesh recently," he added.

On the other hand, Kyrgyzstan is in a do-or-die situation against Nepal since it lost 2-0 against Oman in the opener on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the outcome of the match between Oman and Jordan, also scheduled for Friday, will also be important for Nepal as Oman also has equal three points as that of Nepal following its win over Kyrgyzstan in its first match.

Government feliciated Nepal U-19 for winning the SAFF championship

u19 honoured

The Nepal government on Thursday felicitated the Nepal U-19 team for winning the SAFF U-19 Championship held in Kathmandu from Aug. 20-29.

The Ministry for Youth and Sports rewarded the team with Rs. 100,000 each to the 28 members of the team, including 23 players and the coaching staff, amidst a programme organized at the Satdboato Swimming Pool Complex.

Minister for Youth and Sports Purushottam Paudel handed over the cheque and a plaque honoring their achievement. Also present at the programme were National Sports Council Member Secretary Keshav Bista, ANFA President/ CA Member Ganesh Thapa and the secretary of the ministry Deependra Nath Sharma.

The government had announced the cash award during the semi-finals of the championship that saw Nepal take on Afghanistan. Minister Paudel had said the government would award Rs. 100,000 each to all the members of the team should they win the finals.

Rejin Subba struck twice as Nepal beats Jordan 2-1

nepal u16 starting xi

Nepal started its AFC U-16 Championship Qualifies campaign with a 2-1 win over Jordan in the Group B opener in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday.

Rejin Subba struck the first Group B goal with 27 minutes played before extending Nepal's advantage in the 69th minute as Nepal looked on course for all three points.

Substitue Muhannad Mohammad Omar Abuawad - a 73rd minute replacement for Mohammad Akram - pulled one back two minutes into second-half stoppage time but the Jordanian forward's late goal proved a mere consolation as Nepal emerged victorious.

Elated with the victory, Nepali coach Upendra Man Singh said that the players put in all their efforts against one of the tough teams.

"We played according to our plan and we utilized the opportunities to take control of the match. We adopted defensive approach at first as Jordan is one of the best teams," said Singh.

Singh's counterpart Abdullah Samih Elqutati, who was surprised with the outcome, congratulated Nepal for the victory and commented that mistakes in defense cost them the match.

"I can't believe this result as I had not expected such an outcome. However, this is football and anything can happen. Nepal was quick and took advantage of mistakes by our defenders," said Elqutati.

In other match of the day cheered on by over 6500 fans at the at the Dolen Omurzakov Stadium Kyrgyzstan found themselves trailing after just ten minutes when Muatasim Mustafa Al Bakri opened the scoring before the home side fell further behind in the 27th minute, with Mohamed Khalifa Al Khamisi's strike giving Oman a two-goal advantage to take into the second half.

Oman couldn't add to their advantage after the restart but their defence remained firm as Kyrgyzstan failed to find the goals that could see them salvage something from their opener.

As it transpired, the game ended 2-0 putting Oman at the top of the Group B standings ahead of Nepal.

Ten group winners and four best second-placed teams will join DPR Korea, who topped the already concluded Group H, and India in next year's finals, with the tournament hosts receiving an automatic qualification.

Should India finish top of their qualifying group or among the four best second-placed teams, the fifth best second-placed nation will qualify for the final competition.

Nepal U-16 take on Jorda U-16 today

nepal u16

Nepal open their AFC U-16 Championship Qualifier with a match against Jordan at the Dolen Omurzakov Stadium in Bishkek on Tuesday.

The current squad is under tremendous pressure to emulate last edition's success when skipper Bimal Gharti Magar-led team earned qualification in 2014 in Thailand. Apart from Jordan, Nepal play hosts Kyrgyzstan and Oman in Group B.

"We have a pressure to at least match last time's success and hope to achieve that this time too," said coach and former Nepal skipper Upendra Man Singh. Eleven group winners and top four pool runners-up will secure tickets to the 2016 finals in India. Hosts India are also in the Qualifier but are already assured of the berth as host nation.

Coach Singh believes Nepal are in a tough group but still sees enough room to make it to the finals. "Each tournament will be tough but since it is an age-group event, the gulf between so-called big nations and the minnows is not that big," said Singh. The Nepal coach in counting on the experience of his team that played in the Saff Under-16 Championship.

ANFA bids farewell to U-16

nepal u19 afcq

The All Nepal Football Association on Friday bade farewell to the Nepal U-16 team which is travelling to Kyrgyzstan to compete in the AFC U-16 Qualifiers scheduled to be held in Bishkek from Sept. 16-20.

Nepal is in Group B with host Kyrgyzstan, Oman and Jordan. They start their campaign against Jordan on Sept. 16 then take on Kyrgyzstan two days later and Oman on the last day on Sept. 20.

A total of 15 teams, including 10 group winners and five best-runners up, will join host India in the tournament proper in 2016.

The team will be leaving for Bishkek on Sunday.

Coach Upendra Man Singh has made four changes in the squad that travelled to Bangladesh for the SAFF U-16. Pawan Karki (DF), Ashim Bhusal (DF), Ujwal Limbu (GK), Jaya Gurung (MF) are the new addition in place of Akash Ranabhat (GK), Rajan Gurung (DF), Diwas Urau (MF), Bikash Ale (MF).

Nepal squad:

GK: Sandesh Gurung, Ujwal Limbu, Arpan Karki.

DF: Aashish KC, Abishek Verma, Anosh Magar, Asim Bhusal, Laxman Pariyar, Pawan Karki, Roman Limbu, Suman Aryal.

MF: Ahishekh Rijal, Anil Maharjan, Ashok Thapa, Jaya Gurung, Manish Bahadur Karki, Rajesh Pariyar, Rajiv Lopchan, Sesehang Angdembe.

FW: Rejin Subba, Prezen Tamang, Kshitiz Raj GT, Dinesh Henjan.

Head Coach: Upendra Man Singh

Coach: Rajesh Manandhar

Manager: Madhusudan Upadhyay