Sunil Shrestha, Head Coach of the Nepal U-15 football team announced the 23-member final squad for the upcoming U-15 SAFF Championship, starting from August 21, 2019 in India.
The Nepal U-15 SAFF squad includes:
Forwards: Kishnan Adhikari Yadav, Krish Sapkota, Sugan Jimee and Sasank Bohara
Midfielders: Amir Hamid, Ashim Rai, Anil ChaulagainBipin Tumsing Magar, Jamme Day Dhami, Mohit Gurung, Niranjan Malla, Niranjan Khatri
Defenders: Abishek Waiba, Ajay Chaudari, Jan Limbu, Pragyan Maharjan, Roshan Thapa
Goalkeepers: Ishwor Gurung, Jenius KC, Manoj Dahal
However, Shreshtha has not revealed the captain of the Nepali team. He says that he will announce the skipper only on the day Nepal will play their first match against India.
With this tournament, Nepal aims to improve its position from that of last year where it lost the semifinal to Pakistan 4-0.
Coach Shrestha said that the team is working hard to bring good results this time after failing to do so the last time.
“We have got the first match of the tournament against host India. We haven’t produced good results against India in the earlier editions. So, we have been preparing to win against India in the opening match of the tournament,” said Shrestha.
Nepal has not won a single match against India in the past editions of the tournament and lost two semifinals and two final matches in the third place match and group stages against the SAFF U-15 2019 host.
“We have been planning to train outside Kathmandu for a week to have a favorable weather in India. After a week of training, we will leave for India,” the Nepal coach added.
The tournament was played as U-16 until the fourth SAFF games edition, after this it was changed to U-15.
All the best Team Nepal!