Bal Gopal Maharjan has face that is hard to read, even for keen face readers. For he looks a toughened cookie, with gritty looks and hardly any trace of emotion showing on face. Yet, he was visibly emotional when he said, “I want to apologize to all Nepali football fans…” The occasion was SAFF U-16 … Read moreThe India Jinx
Nepal has failed to move beyond the first round of AFC Challenge Cup. To be fair to the players in the present team, it should be added that the team hasn’t moved beyond first round, whenever it has played on the home soil. Is it jinx? Or is it the effect of double edged sword … Read moreThe Home Jinx or Bad preparation?
Nepali football fans should be a happy lot this week. Primarily for the reason that their team would be playing in front of them, in AFC Challenge Cup, against Bangladesh, Palestine and Northern Mariana Island, in the floodlit Dashrath stadium. It’s a pleasure to watch your team in action against other teams. It is an … Read moreFootball: Bring back focus on Infrastructure
Nepal has lost grounds in global football, according to the latest FIFA rankings. We are now placed at 174th position, having lost four spots. In the meantime, Pakistan, to whom Nepal lost two matches in a row, has climbed 19 steps and is four places ahead of us now. I don’t read too much into … Read moreReclaiming the top spot – Nepali Football
It’s not been long since FIFA President Joseph Blatter termed Nepali footballers being ‘as good as Barcelona’ players. You could debate, whether FIFA President had seen enough of Nepali football to be in a position to comment, or was in a hyperbole mode, or was just trying to please the hosts of AFC Challenge Cup … Read more‘Kidnapping’ the Game!
Sometime in the evening of International Women’s Day 2012, FIFA President, Joseph S Blatter wrote a message on internet microblogging site, Twitter, “Just opened AFC Challenge Cup match between Nepal and Palestine. Historic encounter, shows the power of football.” Truly, it was a historic moment. For Nepal was hosting FIFA President first time in about … Read moreHail Blatter (and ANFA)!
End of the year is always a time for stock taking. What weachieved in the year; Where we failed; How much could have been done and Howmuch is left. But it’s also a time to think, what we could do more. As ayear ends, another one begins. That’s the beauty of time. That’s the beauty … Read moreHave a start, got to score…