- Published on Friday, 19 September 2014 05:52
ANFA Academy U-14 thrashed Chattisgarh 15-0 in the Subroto Football Tournament in Delhi on Thursday.
Rajib Lopchan scored five goals, Anil Maharjan netted three, Rejin Subba also scored a hat-trick. Darshan Gurung, Bijaya Chaudhary, Jay Gurung and Niraj Maharjan were on the scoresheet with one goal each.
Wednesday ANFA Academy U-14 hammered Sainik School, India, 5-1 in their opening group 'C' match in the Subroto Football Tournament being held in Delhi.
- Published on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 05:08
Nepal U-23 national football team will play first friendly match against Bangladesh counterparts on Tuesday at Army Stadium on Tuesday. The match will start at 4:00 pm local time. You can watch live streaming of the match here.
Coca-Cola Cup Selection (Kathmandu): Sainik Mahabidhyala, Nandi, Darbar High School and Himchuli Academy won
- Published on Sunday, 20 July 2014 22:10
In today's Coca-Cola Cup selection played in Sanogaucharan ground Sainik Awasiya Mahabidhyala, Nandi School,Darbar High School and Himchuli Academy registered win in their respective game.
In first match Sainik Mahabidhyala School defeated Gandhi Adarsha School 2-1. Gandhi School took a lead on 2nd minute of the match with a goal from Niran Shrestha but Sainik School came back with the goal from Roshan Neupane on 35th and 44th minute to win the match.
In the second match Nandi School won against Repurmerdini Sainik School 1-0. Pradip Bogati of Nandi School scored the only goal of the match on 45th minute of the match.
Similarly in the third match of the day Darbar High Scool beat Sarada High School 1-0. For Darbar High School Barun Khatri scored on 29th minute of te match.
Meanwhile, in the last played in Sanugaucharan grond Himchuli Academy hammered Praxis International School 6-1. For Himchuli Academy Abishek Rai scored on 9th and 62nd, Bibek Pun scored on 20th, Jay Thapa scored on 46th, Sanjiv Gosae scord on 54th and Rozin Kalu scored on 57th minute of the matc While Tashi Sherpa of Praxis Inernational scored a consolation goal on 7th minute of the match.
The tournament is being organized All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) in association with Coca-Cola Nepal and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Coca-Cola Cup Selection (Butwal): Butwal Sainik High School Syanga and Apex School Rupendhi registered win
- Published on Sunday, 20 July 2014 21:46
In today's Coca-Cola Cup selection played at ANFA technical centre Butwal Sainik High School Syanga and Apex School Rupendhi registered win in their respective game.
In the first Sainik High School defeated Jana Bikash High School 2-0. Bimal Ale scored both the goal for Sainik School on 40th and 45th minute of the match
In the second match Apex School Rupendhi beat Rudra Pipal School 4-0. Anup Gurung scored the hat-trick for Apex School while Prince Gurung added another one on 56th minute.
The tournament is being organized by All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) in association with Coca-Cola Nepal and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
- Published on Friday, 18 July 2014 19:04
18th July, 2014
Nepalese U17 team has earned and deserved many praise from the football fans, public as well as from the press. Nepal has produced many national level stars in the past but have rarely made an impact on the International level.
Nepal Police striker Hari Khadka, World Cup Qualifier hat trick hero Nirajan Rayamajhi, Basanta Gauchan, Raju Shakya and many other national stars have tried to shine for the Nepal national team in international level but haven't been able to continue the light of their twilight.
Current generation have many prolific players in the defence line but Nepal has still to find a natural goal scorer in a team where international stage is concerned.
The jinx of not having Nepalese striker seems to be broken as we have now found a 16 year old skipper in the team, Bimal Gharti Magar. He has already scored 6 goals in 5 caps for the country.
Goalfeast, 41 goals in 17 matches
Nepal U17 team has already won 10 games out of last 18 games both official and unofficial, both against U17 and senior sides and lost just 5 games. They have scored staggering 41 goals in 18 matches since last July and conceded just 15 goals. The U17 has lost only four matches from which four were against the senior sides.
Nepal U17 played against the Nepal Senior side at Satdobato ANFA complex in an unofficial training match which the seniors won by a single goal margin. This showed that this U17 team is going to be big in the future.
Nectar of ANFA
All the current players are from ANFA Academy and they know each other head to toe. This must be the best youth batch ever produced by ANFA. Bal Gopal Maharjan has used his experience while playing for Nepal National team to the stars of tomorrow. The greatest product is Bimal Gharti Magar, who is now playing for RSC Anderlecht junior team in Belgium. He has also already scored while playing from Nepal senior team.
Nepal has only two players in the national side who has international club experience. Another is defender Rohit Chand, who plays for Indonesian club Persija Jakarta.
Nepal U17 is currently playing in South Korea under the preparation for 2014 AFC U-17 Championship to be held in Thailand. The greatest challenge will be tomorrow when Nepal U17 will face the Korean U17 side.
This will be the greatest test for the Nepal U-17 side. Nepal has two more trips after the Korean test, they will visit to meet Qatar at Doha and play against RSC Anderlecht in Belgium on midst of August.
South Korea, Qatar then Anderlecht
These matches are important to test the skill of the ANFA's development in the grassroots level but not essential to win.
Nepalese players will have a chance to indulge themselves against the players from best facilities and training technologies from the world. In football, scoring goals and winning is important but Nepal U16 must be cautious to be disciplined in both defence and attack. 2014 AFC U-17 Championship should be Nepal's priority and not the practice matches. Bal Gopal Maharjan should instruct the players to build up on chemistry and discipline.
Every scored goal and clean sheets are going to boost the morale of the team ahead of the competition. But every conceded goals and injuries could demoralise and destabilise the team. The exhibition teams are better than the ones in the group stage Nepal has to play. So the head coach has to make sure all players be fit and healthy both physically and mentally before they meet defending champions Uzbekistan on first group match, 7th of September 2014 at Bangkok, Thailand.
New Beginnings, forgettable past
During the sixteen editions of the 2014 AFC U-17 Championship, Nepal has been able to qualify only three times in the championship. The last time was in Vietnam (2000) and Singapore (2006). The Nepalese team played 8 games in both competitions but have been able to score only 2 goals. Nepal scored a single point when they drew goalless against the hosts Singapore in 2006.
Nepal has conceded 17 goals in Vietnam and 8 goals in Singapore. Nepal has lost seven of eight encounters in the tournament and have been both times exited from the group stage.
The dream: FIFA World Cup U17
Three AFC U17 Championship editions and eight years later, ANFA has produced good quality players that can match at their own levels as well as in senior level. Although there are all good players in the team but the main responsibility will be on Bimal Gharti Magar. If Nepal U17 can finish within top four i.e. if they can at least reach the semi-finals of the AFC U-17 tournament, they will automatically qualify for the FIFA World Cup U17.
This will be the closest the Nepalese fans would come to support their own nation in the World Cup at this moment who were supporting Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Holland and so on during the World Cup 2014.
Nepal U17 will start their campaign of AFC U-17 tournament against defending champions Uzbekistan (7th Sept, 2014), Kuwait (9th Sept, 2014) and North Korea (11th Sept 2014).
Best of luck to Nepal U17 team for their exhibition matches and AFC U-16 Championship.