Nepal kicks off its AFC Challenge Cup campaign with a tie against Palestine. Goal.com previews the clash....
Rai, Thapa, Chand, Shrestha;
Basnet, Khadka, Silwal, Tamang;
Saleh, Mahdi, Barghouthi, AbuJazr;
Samara, Youssef, Nu'man, Wadi;
Nepal will be looking to feed on their enthusiastic fan support for strength as they face they face Palestine in the opening match of the 2012 Challenge Cup. The Gorkhalis will be hoping to do enough to capture the trophy which will give the winner a direct entry into the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia. However the home team will have to do without the services of talented midfielder Bijaya Gurung who is injured and out of the tournament with a serious knee injury. Meanwhile all eyes will be on former Kettering Town defender Rohit Chand who has been rock solid and considered to be among the best young Asian defenders.
Palestine Are Suffering From An Injury Crisis In Defense....
Palestine will be missing defender Rafat Eyad who hurt himself in a car accident only last week. The White Knights will also miss the services of Raed Fares. His replacement Samir Hilazi returns after a 5 month absence form the squad. Palestine are also doubtful of the presence of star defender Omar Jarum and Haithan Dheeb who might not get released from their respective clubs. With such a lack of defenders it is expected that Khaled Salem shifts to the central defensive position while Abu Saleh can also slot in at right back.
|DID YOU KNOW?
- Nepal ranked 153 are the top South Asian team, and 25th in Asia
- There was a huge stampede at the National Stadium on March 1, 1998 when thousands of supporters watching a match between Nepal and Bangladesh made a run for the stadium exits to escape a sudden hailstorm. 93 people were killed in the disaster.
- Nepal skipper Sagar Thappa hit a 35 yard gravity defying free-kick against Bangladesh last year. The goal was such a beauty that there is a Facebook fanpage which wants it to be included in the top 10 nominees for the Ferenc Puskas goal of the year award.
- Current Palestine coach Jamal Mahmoud is yet to draw a game as the team has won and lost three under his tutelage.
- Omar Jarun is an American citizen by birth who has also acquired Palestine citizenship.