Kathmandu, March 24
Sujal Shrestha announced his retirement from international football on Wednesday.
Announcing his retirement, Shrestha said he was leaving Nepal because his future and friends were in Australia.
Shrestha was playing for A Division League champions Machhindra FC.
He said this was the right time to retire as the team had a host of young talents.
“There are good kids coming through. They need the chance to play more and grow,” he told Onlinekhabar.
Shrestha, however, has not closed his doors on playing club football in Nepal stating he still wants to play club football in the near future.
Shrestha made in debut against Bhutan in a friendly in 2011 and has played 37 times for Nepal, scoring three goals.
He also captained Nepal to gold in the 2019 South Asian Games. He has also won four league titles, two each with Manang Marsyangdi Club and Machhindra FC.
Ranjit Dhimal is also leaving for Australia with Shrestha. Both will play for Beni AFC in New South Wales.
Shrestha, who has captained Nepal’s national team, is leaving for Australia to join a long list of footballers who left Nepali football for a life abroad.