Nepal, India set for June 6 friendly

- Post Report, Kathmandu

May 18, 2017-

Nepal and India lined up a friendly match on June 6 as part of their preparations for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers.

Nepal are scheduled to host Yemen in their second Group ‘F’ match in Halchowk on June 13, while India will take on touring Kyrgyzstan in the second outing of the Asian Cup the same day. Nepal lost their first match away to Philippines 4-1 on March 28 in Manila. Tajikistan are the other team in the four-team group. India made a winning start to their Group ‘A’ campaign beating Myanmar 1-0. 

All Nepal Football Association (Anfa) said that its Indian counterpart had approached first for the friendly match to be held in Mumbai. “The friendly will be a welcome boost for both the teams as they are preparing for the second matches of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers,” said Anfa in its official website. 

Nepal have already started their preparations for the Yemen clash and Anfa is in talks with some South Asian opponents for friendly matches. “We were also negotiating with Bangladesh and Bhutan for friendly games. We are more likely to play against Bhutan before the home qualifier. But the date is yet to be confirmed,” Anfa chief executive and spokesperson Indraman Tuladhar said. 

Nepal head coach Gyotoku Koji has already started the training camp for the last two weeks calling up 32 players. But defender Rabin Shrestha, midfielder Rohit Chand and goalkeeper Kiran Kumar Limbu have not reported yet for training. Shrestha is recovering after undergoing  anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery on April 20 and will be out of action for at least another one month. Chand and Limbu are on their club duties in Indonesia and Maldives. 

Top two teams from six groups from the Qualifiers will book tickets for the tournament proper in 2019. The Qualifiers is being played over home and away basis.

Published: 18-05-2017 09:40

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