KATHMANDU: Today is Nepal’s final match of the second phase of World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers against Asian superpower Australia.
Australia, who has competed in five World Cups, will advance to the third round of World Cup qualifiers if they win today’s encounter.
The largest team Nepal has ever faced is Australia, which is rated 41st in the FIFA rankings. Previously, Nepal had been defeated 5-0 in the first leg, which took place on October 10th, 2019.
The match will begin at 10:15 p.m. Nepali time at Kuwait’s Xavier Al Hamad International Stadium.
Nepal, which has been in the Middle East for two weeks, played a friendly match against Iraq and has already played World Cup qualifiers against Chinese Taipei and Jordan. If the circumstances had been normal, Nepal would have been able to host all three games on its home turf.
In a pre-match press conference, Nepali coach Abdullah Almutairi stated that the team’s style of play had improved, which had pleased the fans. “I am looking forward to the Nepal team putting on another strong effort against Australia. Our playing style has improved, which has pleased our fans,” he remarked.
Kuwait’s pro-licensed coach Almutairi has even hinted at giving the remainder of his squad’s youthful players a shot against Australia. “I know the game against Australia will be difficult, but getting them to play will be equally important,” Almutairi added. Apart from the goalie, Suraj Thakuri, Ayush Ghalan, and Kamal Thapa are the only players who went to Kuwait who have yet to make their Nepali debut.
Graham Arnold, Australia’s head coach, stated that the Nepali squad has been preparing hard for months and that they are delighted to play alongside them. “They’re using a new style of play. Their trainers are doing an excellent job. “We appreciate the Nepali squad; they work hard,” Arnold stated during the press conference.