Nepal national under-23 football team

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Nepal National U-23 Team
AssociationAll Nepal Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationSAFF (South Asia)
Head coachNepal Bal Gopal Maharjan[1]
CaptainSujal Shrestha
Home stadiumDasarath Rangasala Stadium
FIFA codeNEP
First colours
Second colours

Nepal national under-23 football team, also known as Nepal under-23s or Nepal U23(s), represents Nepal in association football at national and olympic games and is controlled by ANFA, the governing body for football in Nepal, and the Nepal Olympic Committee.

History[edit]

Home stadium[edit]

The stadium at daytime

The team's home ground is the Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, a multi-purpose stadium in Tripureswor, Kathmandu, Nepal. Holding 25,000 spectators, of which 5.000 seated, it is the biggest stadium in Nepal. It is named after Dashrath Chand, one of the martyrs of Nepal.

Most recently, the stadium was used as a primary venue for the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup and the 2013 SAFF Championship, with the Halchowk Stadium hosting some of the matches as well.

Apart from sporting events, the stadium is also used as a music venue for cultural events with Bryan Adams being the most notable act that performed at the site.

Prior to the 2013 SAFF Championship in Nepal, the Dasarath Rangasala underwent heavy renovation that saw several improvements such as the expansion of seats from 20,000 to 25,000.

Recent results and fixtures[edit]

Results accurate up to 10 December 2019.

Date Opponent Result Score* Venue Competition
10 December 2019  Bhutan W 2-1 Nepal Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal 2019 South Asian Games (Final)
8 December 2019  Bangladesh W 1-0 Nepal Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal 2019 South Asian Games
7 December 2019  Maldives W 2-1 Nepal Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal 2019 South Asian Games
4 December 2019  Sri Lanka D 1-1 Nepal Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal 2019 South Asian Games
3 December 2019  Bhutan W 4-0 Nepal Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal 2019 South Asian Games

* Nepal score always listed first

  Win ‹See Tfd›   Draw ‹See Tfd›   Loss ‹See Tfd›

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification on 15 March 2019.[2]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Arpan Karki Nepal Nepal Police Club
1GK Deep Karki Nepal Machhindra
1GK Roman Rasaili Nepal APF Club

2DF Amit Tamang Nepal Sankata BSC
2DF Ananta Tamang (1998-01-14) 14 January 1998 (age 22) Nepal Three Star Club
2DF Ashim Bhushal Nepal Friends Club
2DF Bikash Khawas Nepal Tribhuwan Army Club
2DF Kamal Shrestha (1997-07-10) 10 July 1997 (age 23) Nepal Manang Marshyangdi Club
2DF Suman Aryal Nepal Nepal Police Club
2DF Dinesh Rajbanshi (1998-04-05) 5 April 1998 (age 22) Nepal Nepal Police Club
2DF Tshiring Gurung (1998-02-21) 21 February 1998 (age 22) Nepal Chyasal Youth Club

3MF Abhishek Rijal (2000-01-29) 29 January 2000 (age 20) Nepal Nepal Police Club
3MF Arik Bista Nepal Tribhuwan Army Club
3MF Biswash Shrestha Nepal Himalayan Sherpa Club
3MF Gaurav Budhathoki Nepal Chyasal Youth Club
3MF Hemanta Thapa Magar (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 22) Nepal Chyasal Youth Club
3MF Sunil Bal (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 22) Nepal Three Star Club
3MF Tej Tamang (1998-02-14) 14 February 1998 (age 22) Nepal Nepal Police Club
3MF Nitin Thapa Nepal Sankata BSC

4FW Dhiraj Shrestha Nepal Friends Club
4FW Prezen Tamang Nepal Friends Club
4FW Manish thapa Magar (1998-01-26) 26 January 1998 (age 22) Unattached
4FW Anjan Bista (1998-07-22) 22 July 1998 (age 22) Nepal Manang Marshyangdi Club

Competition history[edit]

Olympic football events at U-23 level came into effect during the 1992 Summer Olympics, 2002 Asian Games, and the 2004 South Asian Games.

*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Olympic Games[edit]

Summer Olympic Games Record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
Spain 1992 Did Not Qualify
United States 1996 Did Not Enter
Australia 2000 Did Not Qualify
Greece 2004
China 2008 Did Not Enter
United Kingdom 2012
Brazil 2016 Did Not Qualify
Japan 2020 To be determined
France 2024
United States 2028
Total 0 / 7

AFC U-23 Championship[edit]

AFC U-23 Championship finals record AFC U-23 Championship qualifying record
Year Result Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Result Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Oman 2013 Did Not Qualify 4th (Group D) 3 4 1 0 3 6 9 −3
Qatar 2016 5th (Group C) 0 4 0 0 4 0 17 −17
China 2018 4th (Group D) 0 4 0 0 4 0 9 −9
Total 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2/2/2 3 12 1 0 11 6 35 −29

Asian Games[edit]

Host/Year Result Pts GP W D* L GF GA GD
No age bar restriction before 1998, Senior national teams only.
South Korea 2002 Withdrew
Qatar 2006
China 2010
South Korea 2014 Round 1 0 3 0 0 3 0 13 –13
Indonesia 2018 Round 1 0 3 0 0 3 1 5 –4
Total 2/4 0 6 0 0 6 0 18 –17

South Asian Games[edit]

Host/Year Result Pts GP W D* L GF GA GD
No age bar restriction before 1999, Senior national teams only.
Pakistan 2004 No medal[3] 1 2 0 1 1 0 1 -1
Sri Lanka 2006  Bronze 8 5 2 2 1 9 4 +5
Bangladesh 2010 No medal 3 3 1 0 2 2 4 -2
India 2016  Gold 9 4 3 0 1 12 6 +6
Nepal 2019  Gold 10 4 3 1 0 8 2 +6
Total - 31 18 9 5 6 31 17 +14

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AFC U-23 CHAMPIONSHIP THAILAND 2020 Qualifiers". The AFC. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  2. ^ "विमलको कप्तानीमा यू-२३ टोलीको घोषणा". Hamro Khelkud. 2019-03-15. Retrieved 2019-03-15.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "9th South Asian Federation Games 2004 (Pakistan)". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 30 November 2013.