In a major boost to Nepali football, a nine-member Nepali football team has been announced for participation in the upcoming football world cup to be held ahead of the famous FIFA World Cup 2018 (June-July 14-15, 2018).
The football world cup, titled 2018 Street Child World Cup, will be held during May 19-27, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.
Apart from the Nepali football team in the Boys category, this football tournament will feature 24
U-17 football teams, 12 each in Boys and Girls categories, from 22 countries.
A Nepal-based NGO Shelter Ashraya Nepal has taken this initiative to present the Nepali football on a global platform.
The candidates were finalized based on a three-day selection tournament held among 14 teams of 15 institutions, who have been offering shelter to orphans and street children, in Kathmandu in September 2017.
“The selected players are undergoing training with the All Nepal Football Association’s (ANFA) assistance. We believe the players will represent whole Nepal in the World Cup rather than specific institutions,” says Khusbu Oli, President, Shelter Ashraya.
According to Oli, the football team Head Coach Rajan Neupane and ANFA Coach Nabin Maharjan have also appreciated the final team.
The Nepali team, with other five reserved players, has Aron Karki as the goalkeeper and Manbir Lama and Bikash Timsina as the defenders.
Ramesh Shah, Sachin BK Rohan Bhusal, Santosh Khatri, Harsha Thakuri and Pawan Shahi are among other key players.
Around 200 street-connected children from various parts of the world will come together in Moscow for this international football tournament, which also includes festival of arts and Congress for their rights.