KATHMANDU, Dec 14: The closed training session for the Nepali national football team for 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualification and AFC Asian Cup, 2023, has begun. The training session was affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) is organising the training session for players following the publication of the tie-sheet for matches Nepal is to play with three countries that are scheduled over the coming four months, said ANFA Spokesperson Kiran Rai.
Additional players have been included as some players were found to have contracted the infection, he said. The selection of players for the world cup qualification would be finalised after selecting participating players in three phases, he said.
Under Asian qualification under the World Cup, Nepal will take on Taiwan Chinese Taipei on March 25, Australia on March 30 and Jordan on June 7, 2021. All these matches will be held in Nepal.
Trainer for the training session is acting chief coach Bal Gopal Maharjan and the venue is ANFA Complex in Satdobato, Lalitpur.
Under the qualification, Nepal is placed in Group 'B' along with Australia, Kuwait, Jordan and Chinese Taipei. Australia has topped the group with 12 points followed by Kuwait and Jordan in second and third position respectively, who have got 10 points each. Likewise, Nepal is in the fourth position with three points. Chinese Taipei has a nil score.