FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Nepal taking on UAE today

File: Nepal national football team

Kathmandu, June 6

Nepal and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are playing a qualifier match for the FIFA World Cup 2026 today. The match will be held at the Prince Mohammad bin Fahd Stadium in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, at 9:45 pm Nepali time.

Previously, Nepal lost 4-0 to the UAE in a match played at the latter’s home ground. The head coach of the Nepali National Football Team, Vincenzo Alberto Annese, expressed his belief that the Nepali team would perform well in today’s match against the UAE. In the FIFA rankings, the UAE holds the 67th position, while Nepal is ranked 178th.

The Nepali squad includes goalkeepers Kiran Chemjong (captain), Bishal Sunar, and Abhishek Baral. The defenders are Bimal Pandey, Abhishek Limbu, Ananta Tamang, Bishal Basnet, Tshering Lama, Saubhagya Rai, and Rohit Chand. The midfielders are Bharat Khawas, Lucky Limbu, Mani Kumar Lama, Manish Dangi, Suman Shrestha, Basanta Zimba, and Ashish Rai. The forwards in the squad are Gillespi Jung Karki, Hisub Thapaliya, Sanjeev Bista, Ayush Ghalan, and Ashik Babu Chaudhary.

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