KATHMANDU — Nepal U-23 team has defeated Bangladesh U-23 1-0 in a friendly match played at the ANFA Complex in Lalitpur on Tuesday.
Skipper Bimal Gharti Magar scored the match winner in the 20th minutes utilising a pass off Anjan Bista.
Anjan Bista nearly doubled the lead in the second half as his spectacular bicycle kick cannoned off the far post in the hour’s play. Nepal’s build up play was impressive, however, the killer pass was missing in the final third of the pitch.
Hosted by the All Nepal Football Association, both, Nepal and Bangladesh U-23 sides played the friendly as part of their preparation before the AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers 2018 to be held in Palestine in this month.
Nepal will take on UAE, Uzbekistan and Lebanon in the AFC U-23 Championship from July 15 to 18 in UAE while Bagladesh will play against Jordan, Tajikistan and Palestine.
Bimal Gharti Magar, Ananta Tamang, Hemanta Thapa Magar, Alan Neupane, Kamal Shrestha, Heman Gurung, Dinesh Rajbansi, Anjan Bista and Sunil Bista are the main players of the Nepali team.
Nepali team is playing the friendly as part of prepartaion for the AFC U-23 Qualifiers slated for July 15-19 in the United Arab Emirates.
Nepal are in Group D along with the hosts UAE, Uzbekistan and Lebanon.Follow @gorkhapost