- Published on Sunday, 20 September 2015 04:32
Nepal take on Oman on their last Group B match of the AFC U-16 Qualifiers in Bishkek on Sunday afternoon (2:45 PM Kick off).
Nepal lead the standings of the four-nation qualifiers with six points from two wins, while Jordan are second with three points, ahead of Oman on goal difference. Host Kyrgyzstan are out of contention with no points all.
A draw will be enough for Upendra Man Singh's boys to make it through the final round in India in 2016. A total of 16 teams, including 10 group winners and four best runners-up will join host India and defending champions North Korea in the final round. However, if India, which is also competing in the qualifiers make it through from here, then there will be five best runners-up slot up grabs.
Ahead of this crucial fixture against Oman, coach Upendra Man Singh said that the two wins, especially the 4-2 win over the host, has boosted the confidence of his players, but it is necessary to be cautious against a strong team like Oman.
"We will try to play our normal game," said the former Nepal international skipper. "We want to qualify with three straight wins."
Nepal had staged a remarkable comeback against host Kyrgyzstan last night by overturning a 2-0 deficit to win the match 4-2. A brace from Dinesh Henjan, who came on as a substitute in the 51st, and a goal each from skipper Manish Karki and Rejin Subba had handed Nepal a famous victory over the Central Asians.
Against Jordan, Nepal scored twice, thanks to Rejin Subba's brace, before conceding late in injury time.
- Published on Sunday, 20 September 2015 03:44
Photo features of match between Nepal U16 Vs Kyrgyzstan U16
- Published on Saturday, 19 September 2015 01:46
Nepal came from two goals down to beat hosts Kyrgyzstan in the AFC U-16 Qualifiers match at the Dolen Omurzakov Stadium in Bishkek on Friday.
It was a night of high drama in Group B on Wednesday as Nepal overturned a 2-0 first-half deficit to defeat hosts Kyrgyzstan 4-2 and go top of qualifying Group B on the same day that Jordan scored twice in the space of 60 seconds in the last ten minutes of their match with Oman, which ended 2-0 in favour of the Hashemite Kingdom.
After losing their opening match to Oman, Kyrgyzstan looked to have got their qualification campaign back on track when a 29th minute Gulzhigit Bourbaev strike followed by an Emir Shigabaev penalty two minutes later gave the Group B hosts a 2-0 lead over Nepal going into the half-time break.
An impressive crowd of over 8500 fans had turned up to the Dolen Omurzakov Stadium in anticipation of Kyrgyzstan's first Group B win and everything was going to plan until a second-half fightback from Nepal that few would have anticipated as the Central Asian fans celebrated their two-goal advantage.
Nepal skipper Manish Bahadhur Karki reduced the deficit ten minutes after the restart before parity was restored in the 67th minute when Rejin Subba took his tally in the qualifiers to three, after scoring both goals in Nepal's 2-1 defeat of Jordan in Wednesday's opening fixture.
Nepal took the lead when substitute Dinesh Henjan made it 3-2 before the midfielder extinguished any hope the home side had of taking anything from the game when he scored Nepal's fourth two minutes into second-half stoppage time, with his second of the match coming six minutes after Kyrgyzstan were reduced to ten men following the sending off of Azmat Melisbekov.
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.
- Published on Friday, 18 September 2015 19:19
Nepal came back from being two goal down to beat Host Kyrgyzstan 4-2 in AFC U-16 Championship qualifiers on Friday.
- Published on Friday, 18 September 2015 06:14
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.