25 players are called for WC Qualifiers against East Timore

KATHMANDU, June 22: All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) called 25 players for a closed camp training for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers matches against East Timore.

Nepal is scheduled to take on East Timore on June 29 and July 2 at the Dasharath Stadium, Kathmandu.
ANFA, issuing a press release on Wednesday, published the name of the players after consulting national team coaches.

ANFA has made a few changes in the national team that played in the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers from April 7 to 11 in Kathmandu.

Nirajan Malla, one member of the team that played AFC Challenge, has been left out for this time while Army Club´s midfielder Raju Tamang is unavailable as he is on a UN Mission abroad.

Meanwhile, Manang Marshyangdi´s goalkeeper Bishal Shrestha, midfielders Bijay Gurung and Shiva Shrestha, Three Star´s midfielder Anil Ojha and Yogesh Gurung as well as Jawalakhel´s midfielder Bishal Rai ´B´ received fresh call from ANFA.

Ojha and Shiva Shrestha were dropped out of the previous national team at the last minute. ANFA had taken disciplinary action on them for their involvement in a drunken-brawl incident during the team´s visit to Pokhara for a friendly series against Bhutan before the qualifying tournaments.

MMC´s experienced midfielder Gurung was facing injury problem last time but he proved to be a vital player for the club in the ongoing Martyrs Memorial League.

Goalkeepers Kiran Chemjong, Bikas Malla, Ritesh Thapa, defenders Biraj Maharjan, Bikas Singh Chhetri, Sandeep Rai, Deepak Bhushal, Rabin Shrestha, Sagar Thapa, Rohit Chand have retained their positions in the team in the preliminary squad.

Likewise, midfielders Nirajan Khadka, Bhola Silwal, Jagjeet Shrestha and Sujal Shrestha as well as forwards Jumanu Rai, Anil Gurung, Bharat Khawas, Ganesh Lawati and Santosh Sahukhala also retained their positions.

The final squad of 23 players will be announced after closed camp training that will last for four days only. The closed camp training will kick-off from June 25.

English coach Graham Roberts will look after the national team while Meghraj KC and goalkeeping coach Upendra Man Singh will be his assistants. Roberts, who guided Nepal to AFC Challenge Cup finals on April, renewed his contract for a year last week and arrived in Kathmandu on June 2.

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