Kathmandu, May 23
The All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) has decided not to send a team to take part in the qualifying round for the U23 Asian Cup to be held in Qatar in 2024.
ANFA spokesperson Suresh Shah said the decision was made as ANFA did not have to funds to send a team to qualifiers. He also added participating in the tournament was not included in its annual plan.
“Our priority is the national team and we want to make sure the team is prepared for the World Cup Qualifiers in October,” he said. “We did not have a budget and plan for the U23 programme this year.”
This comes as a disappointment to many U23 players playing in the A-Division.
Vincenzo Alberto Annese, the head coach of the national team, will also be disappointed with this as he has been calling for the need to give young Nepali footballers exposure.