Nepal, India ready for friendly face-off

Speaking at a pre-match function in Kathmandu, Abdhulla Almutari, the Nepali team coach, said that his side has studied the Indian team “very well”.

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Prasun Sangroula

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Kathmandu: Nepal and India are all set to play against each other in friendlies slated for September 2 and 5 at Dasharath Rangasala in Kathmandu.

“We want to give our best. A lot of important games are coming ahead and this is a very important start,” said Indian skipper Sunil Chettri said at a pre-match conference organized in Kathmandu on Wednesday. “It has always been difficult to play against Nepal. This time too there is going to be a tough game.”

Indian Coach Igor Stimac said that Nepal has shown improvement in recent games. “They have a great potential,” he said.

Nepali team coach Abdhulla Almutari said that his side has analyzed the Indian team “very well”.

“Our main goal is SAFF Championship that is happening next month, and this game is going to be helpful,” he said. “We are all set to play against India. By winning this friendly match, I want to make Nepal proud, not just happy.”

Almutairi added that there will be a surprise in tomorrow’s match as a few new players are debuting.

Nepali skipper Kiran Chemjong said that his side is in a good position as they have been training for the last two months.

Almutairi added that there will be a surprise in tomorrow’s match as a few new players are debuting.

“We are very happy to play against India despite the pandemic on our home ground,” said Chemjong.

“These two friendly games will help us to know our strengths and weaknesses,” added Chemjong. “We are not only prepared physically but also mentally and our coach is highly credited for it.”

Upendra Man Singh, vice president of ANFA and also match coordinator for tomorrow’s match, informed that everything is prepared for tomorrow’s face-off.

“We have prepared everything for tomorrow’s match,” said Singh. “The securities, ground and all other things are well prepared.”

Karma Tshering Sherpa, president of ANFA, informed that the government has allowed organizing the game with the presence of audiences.

“We will organize the game following all the safety protocols,” said Sherpa. “The audience must be either fully vaccinated or have a recent PCR negative report.”