Despite exiting the FIFA WC 2022 Qualifiers, the Nepali football team has achieved direct qualification to the third round of the AFC Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers.
The Himalayan nation has qualified for the Final Round by virtue of being the fourth-placed team in Group B of the Joint Qualifiers of World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023.
On Wednesday, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) confirmed 22 teams that have been qualified for the 24-team AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Qualifiers Final Round.
The 22 teams include 3 of the lowest-ranked second-placed teams, all 8 third and fourth-placed teams, and 3 best fifth-placed teams in the Joint Qualifiers.
The remaining four teams ranked 36 to 39 will participate in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers play-offs scheduled on September 7 and October 12, 2021.
Nepal secured fourth position in Group B, behind Australia, Kuwait, and Jordan. Nepal played eight matches, won 2, lost 6, and secured 6 points.
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