Nepal head coach Abdullah Almutairi has announced 32-player preliminary squad for upcoming Iraq friendly match and FIFA World cup qualifiers.
The match against Iraq will be played in Basra on May 29, 2021. The team will fly to Kuwait City to play three matches in FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Nepal's Fixtures in Kuwait City:
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Nepal Vs Jordan - June 7, 2021
Nepal Vs Australia - June 11, 2021
GKs: Kiran Kumar Limbu (GK), Deep Karki (GK), Bishal Sunar (GK)
DFs: Dinesh Rajbanshi, Gautam Shrestha, Amit Tamang, Suman Aryal, Bibek Basnet, Bikash Khawas, Rajeen Dhimal, Ananta Tamang, Rohit Chand, Nishan Khadka
MFs: Abhishek Rijal, Anjan Bista, Arik Bista, Bishal Rai, Manish Dangi, Kamal Thapa, Nitin Thapa, Santosh Tamang, Sesehang Angdembe, Sunil Bal, Suraj Jeu Thakuri, Pujan Uparkoti, Ayush Ghalan
FWs: Nawayug Shrestha, Ravi Paswan, Aashish Lama, Bharat Khawas, Darshan Gurung, Suman Lama
Coach Almutairi surprisingly omitted NSL winning players like Chirring Gurung, Sanjok Rai (injured), Tej Tamang, Bikesh Kuthu (GK) and Biswas Shrestha (Emerging player of the tournament). Tridev Gurung, who played vital role in guiding Nepal to tri-nation cup is also not included in the team.
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