The SAFF U-19 Championship kicks off today at the Dashrath Stadium in Kathmandu, setting the stage for a month-long football spectacle.
In the opening match, Nepal will face Pakistan, igniting the tournament with their clash on the pitch. The U-19 national football team of Nepal, led by Head Coach Sunil Shrestha, is determined to replicate their past success in the SAFF Championship.
Coach Shrestha expressed his aspirations, stating, "When Nepal won the SAFF U-19 Championship here in Nepal, I was an assistant coach. But I am in a different position now, and we will strive to achieve it again."
Jiyarath Sheikh, a key player from Manang Marshyangdi Club in the Qatar Airways Martyr's Memorial League, will lead Nepal's charge in the tournament. Coach Shrestha commended SAFF's meticulous preparations and emphasized the hard work put in by the players, setting the stage for a remarkable tournament.
Captain Ziarath Seikh echoed this sentiment, assuring that all aspects of their preparations had been meticulously addressed. Coaches and players from participating countries shared similar sentiments, expressing their determination to bring the championship trophy back to their respective nations.
The SAFF U-19 Championship promises thrilling football action and fierce competition. The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) has announced the squad for the men's U-19 team participating in the SAFF U-19 Championship 2023 hosted by Nepal. Pakistan's young talents are ready to compete on the international stage under the leadership of Head Coach Shadab Ifthikhar.
Stay tuned for the exciting kickoff of the SAFF U-19 Championship as Nepal and Pakistan vie for victory and begin their journey in this prestigious competition.
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