Nepal taking on Mauritius in friendly match today

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Kathmandu: Nepal is taking on Mauritius at Dasharath Stadium on Saturday in a first friendly match.

The two sides are meeting for the first time and said they were eagerly waiting for the game.

In the pre-match press conference at ANFA Complex in Saatdobato, Mauritius Head Coach Tony Francois said they were playing an international game after a long time and expect a tough match against Nepal. “We have also trained for only 45 days. It won’t be easy to play against Nepal,” he said.

Francois said Nepal plays at a higher pace and his players would put their best. “We have watched them play in the Maldives during the SAFF Championship and they play a fast game. We would do our best to show Mauritius football here,” he said.

Mauritius Captain Kevin Obrian said Nepal was a good team and expects a good match. “I expect my teammates to put a good show against Nepal,” Obrian said.

Nepal’s Coach Kiran Shrestha said the friendlies were part of preparations for the Asia Cup Qualifiers. “Our preparations are over. We aim to correct the mistakes we made in our past international games,” Shrestha said.

Shrestha said the Mauritius team is similar to that of Nepal and announcing 34 players for the two matches was to prepare the team for the future. “We are similar in standards but I expect Mauritius to be tough physically. Also, we want to give exposure to the new faces in the team. This helps us prepare the team for the future,” said Shrestha.

Nepal’s Captain and goalkeeper Kiran Kumar Limbu said they expect to make the first encounter against an African side a memorable one. “It is going to be a new experience for us playing against an African team. Our players are ready both mentally and physically,” said Limbu.

The match will kick off at 4:45 pm. The All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) informed that one-third audience will be permitted to enter the stadium by strictly following government-released health safety protocol.