KATHMANDU, Nov 20: Shelter Ashraya Nepal, a NGO based in Kathmandu, has finalized the squad that will represent Nepal in the upcoming Street Child World Cup to be held in Moscow, Russia next year.
The nine-member Nepali team will take part, along with 24 other teams of 22 nations, in the World Cup slated for May 19 to 29.
Although the world cup will feature 12 teams each in the boys’ and girls’ categories, Nepal is taking part in the boys’ section only.
As this is the first participation in the Street Child World Cup for Nepal, only boys’ team is being sent, according to Shelter Ashraya Nepal’s president Khushbu Oli. She also informed that girls’ team will take part from the next edition.
The squad consists of goalkeeper Aron Karki, defenders Manbir Lama and Bikash Timilsina; and midfielders Rohan Bhushal, Ramesh Shah, Sachin BK, and Santos Khatri. The rest of the players in the team are strikers Harsa Thakuri and Pawan Shahi.
The players are selected through a league football conducted between the players of orphanage houses in Kathmandu. The league was hosted with the technical help from All Nepal Football Association (ANFA).