Nepali football team to head for Iraq next week, then head towards selection process for the World Cup

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Kathmandu, May 21. The Nepali football team is going to Iraq next week to play a friendly match.

According to All Nepal Football Association (ANFA), Nepal will be playing a friendly match against Iraq on May 29. After playing the game, the Nepali team will go to Kuwait from Iraq to play in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. National team coach Abdullah Almutairi announced the 23-man squad for the friendly, World Cup qualifiers and Asian Cup qualifiers on Tuesday.

Nepal is in Group B and is scheduled to play against Taipei, Jordan and Australia in the World Cup qualifiers, according to ANFA. In the World Cup qualifiers, Nepal has so far won one of the five matches and lost four.

Kiran Chemjong, Vishal Sunar and Deep Karki are the goalkeepers of the Nepali team; Rohit Chand, Ananta Tamang, Dinesh Rajbanshi, Gautam Shrestha, Suman Aryal and Bikas Khawas are the defenders; Bishal Rai, Manish Dangi, Eric Visht, Kamal Thapa, Santosh Tamang, Suman Lama, Sunil Bal, Suraj Jiu Thakuri, Pujan Uparkoti and Ayush Ghalan are the midfielders; forwards are Abhishek Rijal, Anjan Bista, Navyug Shrestha and Ashish Lama.

The Nepali team will return to Nepal on June 12.

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