Nepal qualify for U-16 Finals

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Nepal made it to the AFC U-16 Championship Finals as the fourth best runners-up team in the qualifiers that concluded in Kyrgyzstan on Sunday.

Nepal, who defeated Jordan 2-1 in the opening match and came from two goals down to beat hosts Kyrgyzstan 4-2 in the second match, finished second in the Group B after they suffered a 3-1 loss at the hands of Oman in the last match on Sunday. Nepal were confirmed as the runners-up behind Oman after Kyrgyzstan defeated Jordan 4-1 in a late match.

Nepal earned the fourth and final best runners-up spot for the 16-team finals to be held from September 15 to October 2 in India next year. India, who finished second in Group E, were confirmed for the finals as hosts.

AFC U-16 Championship India 2016 – The Finalists

Uzbekistan – Group A winners
Oman – Group B winners
Iraq – Group C winners
Saudi Arabia – Group D winners
Iran – Group E winners
Kuwait – Group F winners
Malaysia – Group G winners
DPR Korea – Group H winners
Korea Republic – Group I winners
Australia – Group J winners
Japan – Group K winners
Vietnam – 1st best runner-up among all groups
Thailand – 2nd best runner-up among all groups
United Arab Emirates – 3rd best runner-up among all groups
Nepal – 4th best runner-up among all groups
India – hosts

Nepal take on Oman on their last Group B match

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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.

Photo Feature: Nepal Vs Kyrgyzstan AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers

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Photo features of match between Nepal U16 Vs Kyrgyzstan U16

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Nepal came from two goals down to beat hosts Kyrgyzstan

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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.

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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.

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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.

Kyrgyzstan U16 2-4 Nepal U16

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Nepal came back from being two goal down to beat Host Kyrgyzstan 4-2 in AFC U-16 Championship qualifiers on Friday.

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