Anjan Bista

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Anjan Bista
Portrait of Anjan Bista @SubasTheOne.jpg
Bista with Manang Marshyangdi in 2014
Personal information
Full name Anjan Bista
Date of birth (1998-05-15) 15 May 1998 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth Hetauda, Nepal[2]
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Manang Marshyangdi Club
Number 14
Youth career
2011–14 ANFA Academy
2016 Marbella FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–16 APF Club 14 (8)
2018– Manang Marshyangdi Club 39 (16)
National team
2013–14 Nepal U-17 5 (3)
2015– Nepal U-20 4 (3)
2016– Nepal U-23 5 (3)
2014– Nepal 49 (8)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 11 Jun 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 13 October 2021

Anjan Bista (Nepali: अञ्जन विष्ट; born 15 May 1998) is a Nepali footballer who plays as a forward. He made his first appearance for the Nepal national football team on 31 October 2014.[3][4] He has also played numerous times under the Nepalese u-17 team, including at the 2014 AFC U-16 Championship.

International career[edit]

U-17 career[edit]

Bista has been a regular for the Nepalese junior Gurkhas. During the 2013 SAFF U-16 Championship semi-finals Bista scored in a 5–1 win over Bangladesh.[5] During the 2014 AFC U-16 Championship qualification Bista scored in a 2–0 victory over Bahrain, ending a six-year-long winning drought for the Nepali u-17 side.[6] In the next game Bista scored the equalizing goal as Nepal came from 2–0 down to tie Iraq 2–2.[7][8] Playing in the 2014 AFC U-16 Championship Bista started as Nepal scored a late equalizer to tie the match 1–1 against defending champions Uzbekistan.[9] Bista was excellent in the next game against Kuwait, it was his early pressure that forced an own goal in the third minute, as well as it was Bista who was fouled in the box for the captain Bimal Magar to score the winning penalty.[10][11][12]

U-20 career[edit]

In preparation for the 2015 SAFF U-19 Championship and the 2016 AFC U-19 Championship qualification campaign, Bista played in several friendlies in which he scored a hat trick against a senior Nepal Army Club earning a 4–2 victory.[13] On the second match of the 2015 SAFF U-19 Championship, Bista converted a crucial penalty kick against Bangladesh. To which, the match was won 2:1.[14] In the same tournament, Bista also scored a brace against Afghanistan in the semi-finals to register a 3:2 victory for Nepal sending the team into the finals.[15] Nepal went on to win the final defeating India on penalty kicks.

Senior career[edit]

Bista made his international debut for Nepal on 31 October 2014 coming on for Sandip Rai in the 61st minute in an eventual 3–0 loss against the Philippines.[3][4]

On 6 March 2015, Bista was selected for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) senior team (Nepal) 2-leg match against India. He was as one of the main player when Nepalese team won Bangabandhu Gold Cup in Bangladesh and gold medal in SAG Games.[16] He scored 2 goals during the Gold winning run in the 2016 SAG Games - one against Bhutan and one against Maldives in the semi-final.

Anjan has since been a prominent member of the Nepal senior team. As a member of the 2022 World Cup Qualifier team.He scored 2 goals in 2–0 against Chinese Taipei in the World cup 2022 Asian qualifiers in Taipei .Bista performed well against Australia earning praise from the commentator Andy Harper and Simon Hill from Fox Sports.

Club career[edit]

During the 12th edition of the Aaha Rara Gold cup, playing for the ANFA Academy Bista score the opening goal in the 17th minute to put his team 1–0 up against Nepal Police Club in Pokhara. However Ranjan Bista scored the equalizer in the 35th minute and the Police Club went on to win on a penalty shootout.[17]

Nepal APF[edit]

Bista joined Nepal APF for the upcoming 2015 Nepal National League. He scored his first goal for the club in the second round in a 4–1 win over Morang XI. Anjan's brother Ranjan Bista scored two goals in the same match.[18]

Marbella United FC, Spain[edit]

On 28 March 2016, Bista scored the only goal to defeat Nijmegen Eendracht Combinatie U-19 Academy 1–0.[19] Anjan Bista showed brilliant performance during a match against ASC 09 Dortmund.[20]

Manang Marshyangdi Club ,Nepal[edit]

In 2018,Anjan joined Manang Marshyangdi Club . In his first season, he scored 5 goals in the Pulsar Martyrs Memorial A Division League as the team won a record 8th league titles. He was member of the team that took part in the AFC Cup 2019 group stage.

In the 2019-20 Qatar Airways Memorial A Division League, Bista scored 6 goals in 8 appearances as the team finished 3rd.

Personal life[edit]

After the 2014 AFC U-16 Championship it was announced that Bista had plans to turn to singing.[21] Soon after a video of Bista singing popular a Dashain song was released. "This is a new taste for [me]. I really enjoy singing." said Bista afterwards thanking Kaarlrekha productions.[22]

Career statistics[edit]


Season Club League League Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2018-19 Manang Marshyangdi Club Martyr's Memorial A-Division League 13 5 0 0 13 5
Total 13 5 0 0 13 5
2019-20 Manang Marshyangdi Club Martyr's Memorial A-Division League 13 6 0 0 13 6
Total 13 6 0 0 13 6
2021 Manang Marshyangdi Club Martyr's Memorial A-Division League 13 5 0 0 9 3
Total 9 3 0 0 9 3
Career total 35 14 0 0 35 14

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Nepal's goal tally first.[23]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 September 2019 Taipei Municipal Stadium, Taipei, Chinese Taipei  Chinese Taipei 1–0 2–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 2–0
3. 29 May 2021 Al Fayhaa Stadium, Basra, Iraq  Iraq 1–1 2–6 Friendly
4. 3 June 2021 Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait  Chinese Taipei 1–0 2–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 2 September 2021 Dasharath Rangasala, Kathmandu, Nepal  India 1–0 1–1 Friendly
6. 4 October 2021 National Football Stadium (Maldives), Malé, Maldives  Sri Lanka 2–0 3-2 2021 SAFF Championship
7. 13 October 2021 National Football Stadium (Maldives), Malé, Maldives  Bangladesh 1–1 1-1 2021 SAFF Championship


  • NSJF Sports Award 2016 Youth Player of the Year[24][25]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Prolific Nepal U17 Striker Anjan Karki Dreams To Play For Nepal National Team!". 14 October 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Friendly Nepal vs Philippines - Live Updates and Streaming Info". Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Nepal vs Philippines: Live Commentary". 31 October 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  5. ^ Dinesh Thapa. "SAFF U-16 Championship: Nepal thrash Bangladesh to reach final". SportsKeeda. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Anjan, Ananta score as Nepal ease to victory". Himalayan Times. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Anjan Bista, Gharti Magar score as Nepal level 2–2 against Iraq". 27 September 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Anjan Bista, Gharti Magar score as Nepal level 2-2 against Iraq". Yeti Times. Archived from the original on 2 November 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  9. ^ Wilson Gurung (8 September 2014). "AFC U-16 Championship 2014: Kiran Sunar Shines As Nepal Stops Defending Champions Uzbekistan". Easy Nepal. Archived from the original on 2 November 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  10. ^ "AFC U-16 Championship: Nepal regains lead against Kuwait (Live Update)". My Republica. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  11. ^ "AFC U-16 Championship 2014: Nepal Defeats Kuwait". Texas Nepal. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Gharti Magar's spot-kick helps Nepal beat Kuwait in AFC U-16 C'ship". 10 September 2014. Archived from the original on 2 November 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  13. ^ "Anjan Bista Scores A Hattrick As Nepal U19 Thrashes Nepal Police In A Friendly Match". Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  14. ^ "1st SAFF U19 Championship: Nepal U19 Beats Bangladesh U19 To Enter Semis As A Group Winner". Retrieved 2015-08-25.
  15. ^ "Nepal books place in final". Retrieved 2015-08-27.
  16. ^ "Final squad for qualifer [sic] against India announced". ANFA. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  17. ^ "Armed Police register difficult win over ANFA Academy in the opener". 17 March 2014. Archived from the original on 7 July 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  18. ^ "RedBull National League: APF Thrash Morang XI To Register First Win". 2 February 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  19. ^ "Nepal International Anjan Bista Scores A Goal For Marbella United FC Against NEC Nijmegen". Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-05. Retrieved 2016-04-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  21. ^ "Nepal U-16 Striker Anjan Bista Turns Singer!". 30 September 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  22. ^ "Listen How Nepal U-16 Striker Anjan Bista Sings A Dashin Song For Nepalese Football Fans - VIDEO". 2 October 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  23. ^ "Bista, Anjan". National Football Teams. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  24. ^ "NSJF Sports Awards 2072". GoalNepal. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  25. ^ "Football dominates Sports Awards". Retrieved 1 August 2016.

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