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Al Mutairi announces team for Asian Cup Qualifier, leaves out ‘rebel players’

ANFA is continuing its training despite 10 players leaving the camp, in April 2022. Photo: ANFA
ANFA is continuing its training despite 10 players leaving the camp, in April 2022. Photo: ANFA

Kathmandu, May 20

Nepal’s national team coach Abdullah Al Mutairi has announced a 23-member team for the upcoming 2023 Asian Cup Qualifiers, informs the football governing body.

Al Mutairi, however, has not selected any of the players who left the closed camp on April 25.

The players left camp after Al Mutairi asked the 10 players including Rohit Chand, Anjan Bista, Bimal Gharti Magar, Ananta Tamang, Bishal Rai, Bishal Shrestha, Sujal Shrestha, Tej Tamang, Dinesh Rajbanshi and Suman Lama to leave the camp. Captain Kiran Kumar Limbu, who supported the players, has also not been included on the list.

Included in the Asian Cup Qualifier team for the first time are Bikash Tamang, Shiva Gurung, Nir Kumar Rai and Roshan Rana Magar, who are likely to make their debut after Al Mutairi called on them to replace those who left camp.

Nepal will play their first game against Jordan on June 8 followed by Kuwait on June 11. The final game against Indonesia will be played on June 14.

Nepal’s Asian Cup Qualifier team

Goalkeepers: Deep Karki, Bishan Sunar, Tikendra Singh Thapa

Defenders: Bikash Khawas, Bikash Tamang, Gautam Shrestha, Rajan Gurung, Shiva Gurung, Suman Aryal

Midfielders: Akash Buda Magar, Arik Bista, Nir Kumar Rai, Pujan Uperkoti, Roshan Rana Magar, Santosh Tamang, Sesehang Angdembe, Sunil Bal, Suraj Jeu Thakuri

Forwards: Ayush Ghalan, Darshan Gurung, George Prince Karki, Manish Dangi, Nawayug Shrestha

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