Nepal are set to take on Bangladesh in a friendly today. The match will kick off at the Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu at 5:30 PM.
The Nepal national team will be in action today for the first time since a depleted side participated in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers in June under Abdullah Almutairi. Interim coach Pradip Humagain will be at the touchline for Nepal in this match. ANFA appointed him in the absence of the regular head coach Almutairi at the time but Almutairi has already sent his resignation letter to ANFA.
Bangladesh are coming off a 1-0 win over Cambodia on September 23. Bangladesh are led by a 37-year-old Spanish coach Javier Fernandez Cabrera.
Head to head:
Nepal and Bangladesh, being two South Asian nations, have played against each other more often than against other nations. These two teams have played a total of 26 times against each other.
The most recent meeting between the sides was in the SAFF Championship 2021 round-robin match which ended 1-1. Before that, the two sides met in the Three Nations Cup in Kathmandu, where Nepal were victorious 2-1.
Nepal record vs Bangladesh:
As previously mentioned, Nepal have the players excluded by Abdullah Almutairi back in the squad. However, Nawayug Shrestha and Pujan Uperkoti, who took the armband for Nepal in the qualifiers, have been left out of the squad. Kiran Chemjong has returned to the squad and will be captaining the side again. Hritik Khadka and Aashish Chaudhary have been called up to the national team squad for the first time.
Goalkeepers: Kiran Chemjong, Bikesh Kuthu, Bishal Shrestha, Deep Karki
Defenders: Ananta Tamang, Rohit Chand, Bikash Tamang, Bikash Khawas, Dinesh Rajbanshi, Suman Aryal, Ranjit Dhimal
Midfielders: Tej Tamang, Sesehang Angdembe, Bishal Rai, Arik Bista, Suraj Jyu Thakuri, Sujal Shrestha, Sudeep Gurung
Forwards: Bimal Gharti Magar, Hritik Khadka, Manish Dangi, Anjan Bista, Aashish Chaudhary
Ticketing & broadcasting:
The ticket prices for the match has been set at Rs. 500 for normal parapet and Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 5,000 for VIP parapet. Tickets can be bought from the Dasharath Stadium gates.
Action Sports HD will telecast the match LIVE.