The All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) confirmed on Friday that the Indian Football team will play two friendlies against Nepal. The national governing body of the sport in the country published an official statement on Friday stating the friendlies will take place in September.
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“The Nepali national football team is all set to play two friendly matches against the Indian national football team on September 2 and 5 in Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal. The friendlies have been confirmed by both All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) and All India Football Federation (AIFF)Official statement by ANFA
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The two national teams have faced each other on 19 occasions with India winning in 13 of them. Nepal has defeated India twice so far. The latest of which was a 2-1 victory in the SAFF Championship in 2013, in Kathmandu. Earlier this week, the AIFF announced the Indian men’s football team calendar for the rest of the year. The action begins with Bengaluru FC playing their (pending) AFC Cup qualifier against Club Eagles (Maldives) on August 15. Next in line is the league stage draw featuring ATK Mohun Bagan and BFC if they beat Club Eagles.
The federation will also convene a 15-day camp for its Senior Men’s team starting August 15 in preparation for the two International games against Nepal.
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The 23 players joining the camp on August 15 are as follows:
GOALKEEPERS: Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, Vishal Kaith.
DEFENDERS: Asish Rai, Seriton Fernandes, Rahul Bheke, Adil Khan, Chinglensana Singh, Narender, Akash Mishra, Mandar Rao Dessai.
MIDFIELDERS: Bipin Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Lalengmawia, Glan Martins, Jeakson Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Sahal Abdul Samad, Yasir Mohammed, Halicharan Narzary.
FORWARDS: Rahul KP, Farukh Choudhary, Ishan Pandita, Rahim Ali.
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The ATK Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC players who will be joining the camp after their AFC Cup duties are as follows:
GOALKEEPERS: Amrinder Singh, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Ashutosh Mehta, Sandesh Jhingan, Subhasish Bose.
MIDFIELDERS: Udanta Singh, Pronay Halder, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Ashqiue Kuruniyan
FORWARDS: Liston Colaco, Manvir Singh, Sunil Chhetri.
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