Kathmandu, 9 Nov 2009 - A list of 28 players was finalized on Monday out of the 48 football players called for the first phase training by All Nepal Football Association for selection for the SAFF Championship. Among them, 20 will be finalized after two weeks for the regional football tournament to be held in Bangladesh from December 5-15.
Monday´s selection includes four goalkeepers, nine defenders, nine midfielders and six forwards, said team coach Krishna Thapa.
Bikash Malla, Kiran Chemjong, Ritesh Thapa and Rupak Shreshta are the keepers. The defenders include Rakesh Shrestha, Sagar Thapa, Biraj Maharjan, Anjan KC, Chun Bahadur Thapa, Nur Raj Kafle, Robin Shrestha, Rohit Chand and Yogesh Shrestha.
Likewise, the midfielders are Sandeep Rai, Bishan Gauchan, Bijay Gurung, Nirajan Khadka, Ranjit Shrestha, Raju Tamang, Dipendra Shrestha, Bhola Silwal and Pradip Maharjan. Similarly, Jumanu Rai, Bikarna Shrestha, Santosh Sahukhala, Ganesh Lawati, Nirajan Malla and Chetan Ghimire are the forwards. Nepali striker Anil Gurung who is currently playing in the Indian league will also be included in the second phase after he returns home this week.