Interview with Arjun Rizal, the striker to watch out in Australian basd Yeti FC

Exclusive interview with Arjun rizal arjun rizal yeti fc

28 May 2013 Arjun Rizal comes from eastern part of Nepal, Charali, Jhapa. This part of region has seen many Nepali national players emerge. Hari Khadka, Surendra Tamang, Raju Shakya and many others started their careers in this part of region. He started playing football at the age of 10 as an center forward. Even though not an ANFA product he had dazzled the Nepalese football scenario from his tender age. He left Nepal to seek his educational career in Australia, but his love affair of the game has never ceased hence. He now plays for Melbourne based Yeti FC and with National Team head Jack Stefanowiski heading towards Australia, this 26 year old, can probably emerge as the solution to the goal scoring saviour of the national set-up. Here is a quick interview with him via facebook.


Ans: Charali jhapa, 10 yrs old, striker forward.

2)Which clubs have you played for inside Nepal?

Ans: Machindra FC and Nepal police club from 2059 to 2064 for five years. I started my professional from the age of 16.

3)Have you represented Nepal?

Ans: Yes under 19 and under 23.

4) How long have you been in Australia?

Ans: 5 yrs.

5)How long have you been associated with Yeti FC? Are there any professional terms agreed with the club?

Ans: 5yrs.No, professional terms have been agreed.

6)Have you been associated with other clubs beside Yeti FC in Australia?

Ans: Yes, with Avondale heights second division club. 2009 and 2010.

7)What is playing like in Australian soil?

Ans: Not bad but miss my country’s league. 

8)Is the Australian football any good in comparison to Nepalese League?

Ans: Yes of course it’s pretty good.

9)Are you excited about Nepalese Head Coach Jack & Richard coming to Australia to scout for the Australian based players?

Ans: Yes very excited.

10)What do you think about the current scenario of Nepalese football, considering players have now started to earn better with good chance to have a great career as active players and after retirement?

Ans: It is good to see Nepalese football is getting professional. May be now players can have a secured future after his playing career is over.

11)Can Australian based Nepalese footballers take Nepali national team to the next level to at least dominate the South Asian Region in near future?

Ans: May be. But need to train hard to achieve that.

12)If given a chance would you happily accept the chance to represent Nepal?

Ans:  Of course yes. That would be the happiest moment to get chance to represent my country once again.

13)Do you see yourself as a professional footballer or just a part-time footballer in the near future?

Ans: Yes, I want to play as an professional footballer as long as I don't retire from the game.


Exclusive Interview with Three Star Coach Pradip Humagain

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Exclusive: A first hand talk with the youngest coach with league champion medal

After his phenomenal first season success at his coaching career with LAXMI THREE STAR CLUB, Pradip Humagain, is scouring new heights of for Nepalese coaching history. His work ethic and man-management is second to none, that's why he has been successful to mould a great team-work and winning attitude among the once frail Three Star CLub. His first season success may be hard to swallow for many, but he's up for the doubters to prove that he's no one season wonder. team got one on one with the youngest ever coach so far to win the league title. We are very much thankful that he gave his time to sit down and share his time with us. Let's start with your footballing career. How was your professional football career?

Pradip Humagain: My football career isn't long. I played for six months with Kathmandu Club and was a part of the Khukhuri Cup back then. Also, I had trained with RCT but never been able to play with the club. Could you please tell us about your coaching journey?

Pradip Humagain: I started my coaching career from KU's Women's Team. We had went to Norway to participate in a tournament and it went very well. After, that Three Star offered me a chance to undertake the club, when, then coach Megh Raj KC resigned during the NCELL Cup. Have you undertook any coaching courses or license?

Pradip Humagain: ANFA coaching course. And, I have plans to get the FIFA license courses as well. How do you summarise the league performance?

Pradip Humagain: My team performed exceedingly well considering we have had a bad start to the season. Everbody worked hard and the League Title was ours. Your Super League's performance was not good to that of the League round.

Pradip Humagain: Yes, my team was little distracted by the Knockout tournament and the international break. But, luck was on our side as our bad result weren't cashed by the other teams below us. As a result we were able to win the league. How is the preparation for AFC President's Cup going on?

Pradip Humagain: It is going on well. We are training twice daily, both physical and tactical. We played friendly match against Nepal U-16 team last friday which we won 3-1. Overall I think our preparation is fine. But so far I am unable to train all the players at the same time due to various problems. Are you satisfied with your current team?

Pradip Humagain: Yes, I am quite satisfied. Almost all player's contract has been negotiated and renewed. We have recruited new players as well. We have cover in all position. We have only 2 international in our squad as AFC President's Cup doesn't allow us to have more than two international players. That mean's your team is now complete?

Pradip Humagain: Yes, the team is complete. We have already got 21 new players in our fold for the new season. As a result we have strong reliable team capable of competing against any team. As mentioned previously, I am still unable to train all 21 players at the same time which I want to conduct sooner than later. How are you taking the match against Mohan Bagan?

Pradip Humagain: Mohan Bagan is one of the strongest team in India. The result against Bagan will show us our actual calibre against international opponent. I am looking through Bagan's some I-league matches so that I have proper knowledge of its players and tactics. I believe we will have result in our side. And now, what do you think about your AFC President's Cup opponents?

Pradip Humagain: Yes, we have Abahani Limited from Bangladesh, Taiwan Power Company from Taiwan and Echrin from Mongolia. I feel that we all team have same level. If we play to our full potential than I believe that we are capable of beating all 3 opponents. But I think the match against Abahani Limited will show us where we can go as it's our first match and also they are Bangladesh's strong team for quite sometime. If we can garner all 3 points against them then we can easily qualify for the next round. How is the fitness level of your squad?

Pradip Humagain: Almost all players are fit. We are currently conducting physical training one session daily. What about injuries?

Pradip Humagain: Santosh Sahukhala has injured his hand and his hand is plastered. We are discussing with doctor when can we remove the plaster. Biraj Maharjan was also injured but he is already free from it. He is improving his fitness. There are no other major problems. How strong is your players other than the ones in your starting line-up? I mean the ones who are in bench.

Pradip Humagain: First of all I want to inform you that we do not have any so called fixed starting XI. I have seen and closely observed the players in training and feel that every players in our fold has equal chances of making it to the playing XI. You can see it for yourself that we do not have strong XI players but all 21 players of equal calibre. Overall we have strong indepth squad. How is your current contract with the club?

Pradip Humagain: Hmm. I took over Three STar Club for the A division league only. But as we have very good result it got extended to this AFC President's Cup. I will only be able to tell where it will go from there after AFC President's Cup is over. Do you have anything to say to Nepali Football fans?

Pradip Humagain: Even though it's Three Star Club taking part in the tournament, but it's a matter of national pride as well. Therefore I know that all Nepalese football supporters will be behind us and supporting us. I still remember 1 year back going and supporting NPC even though I was not a NPC supporter. I know everyone present there that day were supporting it for Nepal. This year I will not only be a supporter but leading a team in the same tournament from different role. This year there will also be a lot of supporters other than regular Three Star Club supporters to support us. We will do our best in the field and satisfy our supporters by making it to the next final round.



Exclusive Interview with Nepalese national team head coach Jack Stefanowski and assistant coach Richard Orloski (Part-2)

jack stefanowskirichard orlowskiRecently team got an opportunity to sit and talk with new Nepalese coaching duo Jack Stefanowski and Richard Orloski. We are very much thankful to both the coaches for giving us their valuable time an sharing their experiences and insights.

This is the remaining part of the interview


Exclusive Interview with Nepalese national team head coach Jack Stefanowski and assistant coach Richard Orloski

nepal press conferenceRecently team got an opportunity to sit and talk with new Nepalese coaching duo Jack Stefanowski and Richard Orloski. We are very much thankful to both the coaches for giving us their valuable time an sharing their experiences and insights.

We are going to publish this interview in two part series. In this first part head coach Jack Stefanowsi speaks about his current life in Nepal. How did he land the job of Nepalese national team coach. He talks about his prior knowledge about Nepali football as well as his previous job experience. He tells us about how is he preparing to meet the demands of Nepalese football supporters. Furthermore he speaks of his opinion on Nepalese players and infrastructure of Nepali football. In addition to that he talks about improving the weaknesses of the team. Along with that he also shares his vision regarding Nepali football.


Exclusive Interview: National captain Sagar Thapa


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Nepalifootball team recently had a talk with national skipper Sagar Thapa. is very thankful to him for sharing his precious time.

How is team preparation for AFC Challenge Cup going on?
We all are thinking hard how we could put on a good performance for the tournament. Every member in the camp is under pressure and will give everything they have for their country. We all have well coordination and highly spirited training sessions. Let's hope we can bring a good result in the tournament.

We are not playing competitive matches against quality opponents like we had done before SAFF Championship. Will that have any difference?
Of course we are preparing this time in a different way. Rather than travelling to play different opponents like we did earlier we are more focused on intense training programs. As we are playing in our home only I think this will help us prepare better. Of course if we had played matches against opponents we would have some exposure to matches before the tournament.

How do think about group opponents?

It’s been a long time since we last played Palestine. Even though they will give us a tough time we will try to grab a win against them. Maldives are also good team but we know their game as we had played quite well against them recently. I think Turkmenistan will be the stronger among the three opponents in our group. But again we are thinking of winning the group.

How are you guys doing to improve the offensive game play?

We are having a specialised focused training for offensive players. All the striker and midfielder in the teams are practising hard to improve their shooting. I feel that the special training has improved composure in front of the goal. I think that we have improved our weaknesses in the team that had surfaced during earlier SAFF Championship. Let’s hope we score more goals in this tournament.

How is the team shaping up?

We are all physically and mentally prepared for the tournament. We have got only slight injury problems in the squad apart from one. Bijay Gurung won’t be able to participate in the tournament due to injury. We will miss him as you know he was one of the better performers in the SAFF Championship. Bharat Khawas one of our vital goal scorers will be pivotal. Our coach is thinking about changing his position to further up. Of course the final decision rest on coach.

What do you think Nepal needs to do in order to improve?

You see professional football in Nepal is still developing. Our players if they need to improve have to gain experience by playing in tougher professional league. We need more match experience at the highest level. We have to be more patience in front of goal so that we can grasp our scoring opportunity with both hands.

As you know Nepalese player lack physical attributes of other international opponents. Do you think this will be disadvantage for the team?

There used to be a time when teams with physical attributes had some advantage over others. But now it’s not that anymore. You see players with exceptional technique but having smaller physical attribute are coming out in numbers these days. Messi is prime example of it. You see he plays breathtaking football at times. Simply, unbelievable. You have seen our game in SAFF Championship that we can handle the game against physical opponents. We played quite good against Afghanistan who were physically tough opponent. We will always try to play the same game we had always played no matter who the opponent is.

Are there any upcoming young players in your view who can make into the national squad in your view?

I haven’t taken much notice about the junior level. But Kunjan Gurung looks like a talented footballer. He has come all the way from England to play professional football in Nepal. Jitendra Karki and Sabindra Shrestha also have bright future. Besides them there are others as well but I just couldn’t name them at the moment.

How different is it to get into the national team now than in the past?

In my view, today it is little bit easier to get into the national team than in the past. When I got into the national team there was a huge age gap between the senior and junior members of the squad. As a result junior players felt it very difficult to integrate with the seniors even though seniors were quite helpful. Now there is not that much age gap and they got to play together even in club level. Previously most players that made into the national team were from the players who were in national U19 and U16 squad. But now those players who never made it into age group national team can also make it to the senior national squad.

What do you think about Nepalese supporters?

Our supporters are simply the best. They make us feel like home. Every Nepalese voice brings out fresh energy in our tired legs. They help us to recover faster and motivate us to play better. Nepalese supporters have very strong influence in the final outcome of the match. Obviously playing in front of huge number of supporters at home will have strong advantage and boost our morale.

What is your most memorable moment as a football player?

Of course it’s the goal against Bangladesh in the SAFF Championship. I still remember the moment I took the freekick. It was dying moment of the match. I was wondering whether to hit it directly towards goal or just put in the ball for others to head. As there was very little time I decided to hit it on target. I was lucky that it went inside for a goal. You know I didn’t even see the moment the ball entered the goal frame. It was only when the net moved that I realised I just scored the goal. I could not believe it.

What is the most forgettable moment as a football player?

It was the match against Jordan where we got hammered by them. We had hoped to keep them tight in front of goal but we conceded an early goal. They had good home support and we lost our focus in the game. As a result our game plan got disrupted and they keep on coming to us. We were under extreme pressure and they just kept on piling goals. I just don’t want to remember it. I wish I just forget it. But it’s not possible.

Who is your favourite international footballer?

At the moment Messi is my favourite player. He is simply from another planet. Sergio Ramos is also an excellent player. I like the leadership and command of John Terry.

And from Nepal...

Raju Tamang. He simply plays the game with cool head. Khawas is a vital member. He always saves the best for the last. Rohit Chand reads the game very well.