After a defeat to lowly ranked Yemen, Nepal will take on Philippines in a friendly match, which certainly suggests that the team could be morally down. Philippines is a strong set team that has been preparing itself for AFC Challenge cup as the winner of the tournament gets into the Asia Cup which will be played in Australia.
Bimal Gharti Magar, the Nepalese hero would not be available for the match as he has been training with Anderlecht and will be playing Aegon Future cup with the team. Bimal could have got more senior team experience before he could represent Nepal in AFC U16 Championship, the test Nepal U16 team has been waiting for to try their luck in the U17 World Cup.
Coach Raju Kaji Shakya has removed Karna Limbu from the squad, however the reason has been told that Karna did not receive Visa to travel Qatar for the friendly match while others did. Biraj Maharjan has returned for the team while Bijay Dhimal has missed the visit due to an injury.
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Prakash Budathoki, Shiva Shrestha both could have been included in the squad, however they were both sidelined due to injury, meanwhile Tanka Basnet and Jitendra Karki are two new faces that did not travel Doha earlier for Yemen Friendly.