After AFC's objection, Nepal to host Kuwait at neutral venue

Published On: November 7, 2019 03:40 PM NPT By: Suman Chapagain

KATHMANDU, Nov 7: The match between Nepal and Kuwait under the second round of Asian qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup 2022 will be not held at Dasharath Stadium following the objection of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).   

According to All Nepal Football Association (ANFA), Nepal and Kuwait will play at a neutral venue after AFC’s instruction to host the match in a different venue. The AFC has pointed out that Dasharath Stadium does not meet the international standards to host such big football tournaments. 

Earlier, AFC representatives inspected the stadium on Tuesday. ANFA has also proposed FIFA and AFC both to hold the games in Bhutan, according to the press statement published by ANFA on Thursday.

As per the schedule, Nepal will have to host Kuwait on November 19. After playing all the away games, Nepal has to host the home matches. It is currently in the fourth position in Group B with three points from four games.

Australia leads the table with nine points from three games, Jordan and Kuwait, both playing three games each, have seven and four points respectively.  Chinese Taipei, the only opponent Nepal has defeated, has no points thus far. 

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