KATHMANDU, Nov 5: Nepali National Football team on Thursday left for Bangladesh to play a friendly match with a Bangladeshi power.
The Nepali team is playing two friendly matches with Bangladesh for the selection of FIFA World Cup second round.
The All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) bade farewell to the 34-member team. Member Secretary of National Sports Council Ramesh Silwal bade farewell to the players and officials at the Dasharath Stadium.
ANFA Senior Vice President Pankaj Bikram Nembang, Vice Presidents Shixit Parajuli and Upendra Man Singh, General Secretary Indraman Tuladhar and other ANFA staff were also present in the farewell ceremony.
The team comprises eight new players as some of the regular national players tested positive for COVID-19. National player Rohit Chand also failed to participate in the match due to an injury.
The team will play against Bangladeshi National team on November 13 and 17. The team is under the supervision of coach Bal Gopal Maharjan.
Nepal is locking its horns against theBangladeshi team after the SAF Championship in 2018. Nepal had defeated Bangladeshi team in the match two years ago.
Players in the Nepali squad:
Ajit Bhandari, Ananta Tamang, Anjan Bista, Arik Bista, Bharat Khawas, Bikas Khawas, Bikram Lama, Bimal Rana, Bishal Shrestha, Darshan Gurung, Deep karki, Dilen Loktan, George Prince Karki, Kiran Chemjong, Nawayug Shrestha, Pujan Uparkoti, Ranjit Dhimal, Ravi Paswan, Saroj Dahal, Seshehang Aangdangbe, Subash Gurung, Sujal Shrestha, Sumal Aryal, Tej Tamang and Tshring Gurung