Asian Cup Qualifier: Nepal to play against Philippines in first match

KATHMANDU: Nepal will take on the Philippines in the first game of the qualification round of the Asian Football Federation (AFC) Women’s Asian Cup, 2022.

All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) said Nepal, which is in the Group F of the Qualification, will play against the Philippines on September 18. The match will be held in Uzbekistan.

Similarly, the Nepali national women’s team will be playing its second game against Hong Kong on September 21. The Philippines and Hong Kong will play their last group match on September 24.

Although the matches under Group F were said to take place in Nepal, they were shifted to Tashkent, Uzbekistan in the last hour due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group winners among the three teams will get to play in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 set to take place from January 20 to February 6.

Twenty-eight players are in closed training for the Asian Cup Qualification Games. Chief coach Gary Phillips is training the team.

The players in the closed training are Hira Bhujel, Indra Rai, Manisha Raut, Manjali Thokar, Nisha Thokar, Preety Rai, Puja Rana, Poonam Jarga Magar, Rajani Thokar, Anjana Rana Magar, Angila Subba, Usha Nath, Amisha Karki, Amrita Jaishi, Anita Basnet, Anita KC, Anjali Waiba, Bimala BK, Bimala Chaudhary, Deepa Rai, Geeta Rana, Hima Chaudhary, Rashmi Ghising, Renuka Nagarkoti, Sabina Rana, Saru Limbu, Sharmila Thapa and Srijana Singh.

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