National Football Team coach Patrick Aussems has announced the final squad for the upcoming SAFF Championship that is slated to be held in India from December 23, 2015.
Organising a press conference in Kathmandu on Monday, December 14, 2015, Aussems unveiled the 20-member squad for the championship. Anil Gurung will lead the team, according to coach Aussems.
He also said that Biraj Maharjan or Rohit Chand would lead the team in the absence of Gurung. As former skipper Sagar Thapa faced life ban after match-fixing scandal, Gurung is named the new captain.
Coach has recruited two new faces – Nabin Lama and goalkeeper Amrit Chaudhary – in the team.
Nepal has been drawn alongside host India and Sri Lanka in Group A while defending champion Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Maldives and Bhutan are in Group B. Pakistan has withdrawn from the tournament.
Goalkeepers: Kiran Chemjong, Bikesh Kuthu, Amrit Chaudhary
Defenders: Ranjit Dhimal, Rabin Shrestha, Jitendra Karki, Biraj Maharjan, Ananta Tamang, Aditya Chaudhary
Mid-fielders: Rohit Chand, Heman Gurung, Bishal Rai, Bikram Lama, Yogesh Gurung
Forwards: Anil Gurung, Jagjeet Shrestha, Bimal Gharti Magar, Anjan Bista, Nawayug Shrestha, Navin Lama