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17 Football Team

   Nepal
नेपाल राष्ट्रीय U-17 फूट्बल टिम
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Junior Gorkhalis
Association All Nepal Football Association
Sub-confederation SAFF (South Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Upendra Man Singh
Captain Manish Karki
Home stadium Dasarath Rangasala Stadium
FIFA code NEP
AFC U-16 Championship
Appearances 3 (First in 2000)
Best result Group-stages: 2000, 2006, 2014

Nepal national under-17 football team (Nepali: नेपाल राष्ट्रीय U-17 फूट्बल टिम) is the under-17 football (soccer) team of Nepal. The team recently participated in the 2014 AFC U-16 Championship.

History

Early years

In the mid-1980s, FIFA provided financial assistance and sent a number of coaches to help Nepal launch its first youth programme, which was geared towards spotting talent at the grassroots level (such as in schools, for example) and providing young players with the necessary know-how, both on and off the pitch. The initial five-year plan helped half the players groomed under the first youth programme to find a place in the national side, and the team that won the 2 gold medals in the first and sixth South Asian Federation (SAF) Games mostly consisted of the players from that youth programme.

Youth investment

ANFA asked FIFA for financial assistance to check the downslide of Nepalese domestic football and in 1998, FIFA agreed to donate funds through its Financial Assistance Programme (FAP), thereby allowing ANFA to construct a secretariat along with a football pitch and a hostel in Kathmandu to launch its youth development programme. The two-year intensive training period for the youth players selected in 1998 produced a number of skilful players, who recently participated in the ninth SAF Games (Pakistan, 29 March - 5 April). The same team had earlier topped its group in the Asian Cup preliminary round in March 2004.

However despite reaching the finals tournament of the 2000 AFC Youth Championship in Vietnam, Nepal refused to participate in a biological age test, and as a result was banned from the 2002 AFC Youth Championship.[1] This, along with the Maoist uprising left manager Stephen Constantine to resign.

In 2002, endeavours to develop football received a further fillip when FIFA awarded a Goal programme to Nepal. Thanks to this project, ANFA has constructed regional football centres that include hostels, office secretariats and playing grounds in three major towns in three different regions. ANFA built these centres to focus on spotting hidden talent in villages or schools around the nation. These centres will also provide the necessary coaching and physical training, and in the long-term, the nation as a whole will benefit with more regional football sides on a par with the clubs of Kathmandu.

Recent years

Nepal was fined by the Asian Football Confederation of fielding over-age players during the 2014 AFC U-16 Championship.[2] Since the fine, the All Nepal Football Association has put in place several necessary age checks as part of selection/trials. The most recent team has qualified for the 2016 AFC U-16 Championship, making it the first Nepal U-16 team to achieve a back-to-back qualification in history.[3]

Stadium

The stadium at daytime

The team's home ground is shared with the Nepal national football team at 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

Date Opponent Result Score* Venue Competition
September 2016 TBA TBD TBD TBA 2016 AFC U-16 Championship
September 2016 TBA TBD TBD TBA 2016 AFC U-16 Championship
September 2016 TBA TBD TBD TBA 2016 AFC U-16 Championship
20 September 2015  Oman L 3–1 Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, Bishkek 2016 AFC U-16 Championship qualification
18 September 2015  Kyrgyzstan W 4–2 Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, Bishkek 2016 AFC U-16 Championship qualification
16 September 2015  Jordan W 2–1 Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, Bishkek 2016 AFC U-16 Championship qualification
16 August 2015  India L 0–1 Sylhet District Stadium, Sylhet 2015 SAFF U-16 Championship (Semi Finals)
14 August 2015  Afghanistan W 1–0 Sylhet District Stadium, Sylhet 2015 SAFF U-16 Championship
10 August 2015  Maldives W 5–0 Sylhet District Stadium, Sylhet 2015 SAFF U-16 Championship
4 August 2015 Manang Marshyangdi Club W 3–0 ANFA Complex, Satdobato, Lalitpur, Nepal Exhibition match (Friendly)
2 August 2015 APF Club L 0–1 ANFA Complex, Satdobato, Lalitpur, Nepal Exhibition match (Friendly)
28 July 2015    Nepal (U-19) L 2–5 ANFA Complex, Satdobato, Lalitpur, Nepal Exhibition match (Friendly)
14 July 2015    Nepal (U-19) L 0–2 ANFA Complex, Satdobato, Lalitpur, Nepal Exhibition match (Friendly)
16 October 2014 Fluminense FC L 0–1 Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi, India 2014 U-17 Subroto Cup (Quarter finals)[N 1]
13 October 2014 HVS Mizoram D 3–3 Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi, India 2014 U-17 Subroto Cup[N 1]
12 October 2014 Tripura Sports School W 5–1 NWC Football Ground, New Delhi, India 2014 U-17 Subroto Cup[N 1]
11 October 2014 CRPF Delhi W 4–0 Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi, India 2014 U-17 Subroto Cup[N 1]
11 September 2014  North Korea L 1–4 Rajmangala stadium, Bangkok, Thailand 2014 AFC U-16 Championship
09 September 2014  Kuwait W 2–1 SCG Stadium, Nonthaburi, Thailand 2014 AFC U-16 Championship
07 September 2014  Uzbekistan D 1–1 SCG Stadium, Nonthaburi, Thailand 2014 AFC U-16 Championship
31 August 2014  Thailand D 3–3 PAT Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand Exhibition match (Friendly)
22 August 2014 Manang Marshyangdi Club L 0–2 ANFA Complex, Satdobato, Lalitpur, Nepal Exhibition match (Friendly)[N 2]
13 August 2014 RSC Anderlecht (U-19) L 0–5 Neerpede Ground, Brussels, Belgium Exhibition match (Friendly)
10 August 2014 KFC Zwarte Leeuw W 3–2 Louis Van Roey Stadium, Rijkevorsel, Belgium Exhibition match (Friendly)
05 August 2014    Nepal (U-23) D 1–1 ANFA Complex, Satdobato, Lalitpur, Nepal Exhibition match (Friendly)
19 July 2014  South Korea[4] D 0–0 Paju NFC, Paju, South Korea Exhibition match (Friendly)
15 July 2014 Neunggok High School W 1–0 Paju NFC, Paju, South Korea Exhibition match (Friendly)
11 July 2014 Boin High School D 2–2 Paju NFC, Paju, South Korea Exhibition match (Friendly)
20 June 2014    Nepal L 0–1 ANFA Complex, Satdobato, Lalitpur, Nepal Exhibition match (Friendly)[N 2]
04 March 2014 APF Club L 1–1 (2–4 pen) Pokhara Rangasala, Pokhara, Nepal 12th Aaha Gold Cup[N 2]
28 February 2014 Madhyapur Youth Association W 3–2 Chyasal Technical Centre, Lalitpur, Nepal Exhibition match (Friendly)
14 February 2014 Mahindra Bansbari F.C W 5–0 Bansbari Home Ground, Kathmandu, Nepal Exhibition match (Friendly)
17 November 2013 Mohammedan S.C. L 0–1 Paljor Stadium, Gangtok, Sikkim 2013 Sikkim Gold Cup (Quarterfinals)[N 2]
12 November 2013 George Telegraph S.C. W 4–1 Paljor Stadium, Gangtok, Sikkim 2013 Sikkim Gold Cup[N 2]
09 November 2013 Eastern Railway FC W 1–0 Paljor Stadium, Gangtok, Sikkim 2013 Sikkim Gold Cup[N 2]
25 October 2013 HKNFA L 0–3 Pokhara Rangasala, Pokhara, Nepal 2013 SAFAL Pokhara Cup[N 2]
29 September 2013  Turkmenistan W 4–0 Dasarath Rangasala, Kathmandu, Nepal 2014 AFC U-16 Championship qualification
27 September 2013  Iraq D 2–2 Dasarath Rangasala, Kathmandu, Nepal 2014 AFC U-16 Championship qualification
25 September 2013  Bahrain W 2–0 Dasarath Rangasala, Kathmandu, Nepal 2014 AFC U-16 Championship qualification
30 July 2013  India L 0–1 Dasarath Rangasala, Kathmandu, Nepal 2013 SAFF U-16 Championship (Finals)
27 July 2013  Bangladesh W 5–1 Dasarath Rangasala, Kathmandu, Nepal 2013 SAFF U-16 Championship (Semi Finals)
24 July 2013  Pakistan W 3–0 Dasarath Rangasala, Kathmandu, Nepal 2013 SAFF U-16 Championship
22 July 2013  Afghanistan D 1–1 Dasarath Rangasala, Kathmandu, Nepal 2013 SAFF U-16 Championship
20 July 2013  Bhutan W 7–0 Dasarath Rangasala, Kathmandu, Nepal 2013 SAFF U-16 Championship

      Win       Draw       Loss

Coaching staff

Head Coach Upendra Man Singh
Coach Rajesh Manandhar
Manager Madhusudhan Upadhyay

Players

The usual sequence is for the U16 team to play in a regional championship in one year, with the top four qualifying teams being invited to a FIFA U-17 World Cup in the following year, as the U17 team.

U-16 Squad

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Arpan Karki 3 0 ANFA Academy
21 1GK Akash Ranabhat 0 0 ANFA Academy
22 1GK Sandesh Gurung 0 0 ANFA Academy
3 2DF Roman Limbu 3 0 ANFA Academy
15 2DF Laxman Pariyar 3 1 ANFA Academy
23 2DF Rajan Gurung 0 0 ANFA Academy
13 2DF Anosh Magar 3 0 ANFA Academy
2 2DF Suman Aryal 3 2 ANFA Academy
4 2DF Aashish KC 0 0 ANFA Academy
16 2DF Abhishek Verma 0 0 ANFA Academy
7 3MF Abhishek Rijal 3 0 ANFA Academy
27 3MF Dewas Urau 1 0 ANFA Academy
11 3MF Manish Karki (c) 3 0 ANFA Academy
19 3MF Sesehang Angdembe 3 0 ANFA Academy
25 3MF Anil Maharjan 1 0 ANFA Academy
8 3MF Bikash Ale 0 0 ANFA Academy
26 3MF Ashok Thapa 2 0 ANFA Academy
30 4FW Rajiv Lopchan 1 0 ANFA Academy
17 4FW Rejin Subba 2 0 ANFA Academy
24 4FW Dinesh Henjan 0 0 ANFA Academy
10 4FW Prezen Tamang 3 2 ANFA Academy
14 4FW Rajesh Pariyar 0 0 ANFA Academy
9 4FW Kshitiz Raj G.T 3 1 ANFA Academy

U-16 Recent Call-ups

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Abhilash Thapa 0 0 ANFA v. Turkmenistan, September 29, 2013
GK Prabin Shrestha 0 0 ANFA v. Turkmenistan, September 29, 2013
GK Devraj Limbu 0 0 Kailali XI v. South Korea, July 19, 2014
DF Tshering Gurung 4 2 ANFA v. Turkmenistan, September 29, 2013
DF Ujjwal Chemjong (1998-03-09) 9 March 1998 ANFA v. South Korea, July 19, 2014
MF Lalit Thapa 0 0 ANFA v. Turkmenistan, September 29, 2013
MF Nishant Dhungana (1998-01-06) 6 January 1998 0 0 ANFA v. Turkmenistan, September 29, 2013
MF Sajan Magar 0 0 ANFA v. India, July 30, 2013
MF Sujan Limbu 4 2 ANFA v. Turkmenistan, September 29, 2013
FW Kamal Thapa 3 4 Kailali XI v. South Korea, July 19, 2014

U-14

Competitive record

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

FIFA U-17 World Cup

In order to qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, AFC teams must secure a berth (currently, semi-finals) through a continental tournament, the AFC U-16 Championship.

FIFA U-17 World Cup finals record FIFA U-17 World Cup qualifying record
Year Result Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Result Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1985 Did Not Qualify Did Not Qualify
1987
1989
1991
1993
1995
1997
1999
2001 Round 1 0 4 0 0 4 2 17 –15
2003 Did Not Qualify
2005
2007 Round 1 1 3 0 1 2 0 8 –8
2009 Did Not Qualify
2011
2013
2015 Round 1 4 3 1 1 1 4 6 –2
2017 Qualifying Qualified
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3/17

AFC U-16 Championship

AFC U-16 Championship finals record AFC U-16 Championship qualifying record
Year Result Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Result Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1985 Did Not Qualify Group 2B (3rd) 5 4 2 1 1 5 7 –2
1986 Did Not Enter
1988 Group 3 (4th) 2 4 1 0 3 1 11 –10
1990 Group 4 (2nd) 2 2 1 0 1 3 3 0
1992 Group 3 (2nd) 6 4 3 0 1 4 9 –5
1994 Did Not Enter
1996
1998 Group 5 (2nd) 6 3 2 0 1 11 1 +10
2000 Round 1 0 4 0 0 4 2 17 -15 Group 5 (1st) 9 3 3 0 0 15 3 +12
2002 Did Not Qualify Did Not Enter
2004 Group 6 (2nd) 4 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2
2006 Round 1 1 3 0 1 2 0 8 -8 Group F (1st) 6 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3
2008 Did Not Qualify Group B (4th) 3 4 1 0 3 7 10 –3
2010 Group B (4th) 3 4 1 0 3 3 12 –9
2012 Group D (4th) 1 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4
2014 Round 1 4 3 1 1 1 4 6 -2 Group C (1st) 7 3 2 1 0 8 2 +6
2016 Qualified Group B (2nd) 6 3 2 0 1 7 6 +1
Total 3/17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13/17

SAFF U-16 Championship

Host/Year Result Pts GP W D* L GF GA GD
2011 Third place 4 3 1 2 0 7 1 +6
2013 Runner up 10 5 3 1 1 16 3 +13
2015 Semi-final 6 2 2 1 0 6 1 +5
Total 3/3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d Nepal entered the tournament as Lok Smriti High School, a side endorsed by the ANFA Academy to feed into the U16 national team in the following year. Effectively a Nepal U15 side.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Match played against a non-youth senior side.

References

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External links

  • Profile on FIFA (English)
  • GoalNepal: Nepal U-16 Profile
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