Nepal to play against Australia tonight to wrap up World Cup Qualifiers

Published On: June 11, 2021 04:55 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, June 10: Nepal is playing its final World Cup Qualifiers match against Australia at Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium at 9:45PM on Friday.

Nepali national team head coach Abdullah Almutairi said young players yet to play for the national team are likely to feature in the match against Australia.

"Yes, if everything goes well, they will play. I understand playing against Australia is going to be difficult but it is important for them to play," said coach Abdullah in the pre-match press conference before the Australia game.

"Hopefully we shall play another good match against Australia. Our style of play has improved and we have been able to make our supporters happy," he added.

Australian head coach Graham Arnold said Nepal were a hardworking team and their team were excited to play against them. "They have been playing a different style and try to play from the back a lot. The coach is doing a very good job and we respect Nepal, they are a hardworking team," said coach Arnold.

Coach Arnold said they will make changes against Nepal. "We will freshen up the squad again. We have 29 players with four goalkeepers. For me, it's about performance and I expect a great performance," he said.

Nepal beat Chinese Taipei 2-0 on June 3 and suffered a 3-0 loss against Jordan on June 8. 

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