KATHMANDU, June 2: The All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) has decided to defer the training camp of the national team.
This comes after A Division clubs said they would not release national team players for the closed camp until the league ends.
ANFA and head coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese were planning to hold a closed camp before selecting the final for the upcoming SAFF Championship. Annese on Tuesday selected the preliminary squad for the tournament.
Now, the closed camp is likely to take place after the league finishes on June 10. The SAFF Championship starts on June 21, although Nepal is scheduled to play a friendly against the Philippines on June 15.
Nepal has been drawn against hosts India, Kuwait and Pakistan in Group A of the SAFF Championship 2023 that will take place in Bangalore, India on June 21. Lebanon, Maldives, Bhutan and Bangladesh are in the other group.