Nepal women's national football team

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Nepal
नेपाल राष्ट्रिय महिला फुटबल टिम
Nickname(s)Nepali Chelis
AssociationAll Nepal Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationSAFF (South Asia)
Head coachHari Khadka
CaptainNiru Thapa[1]
Most capsAnu Lama (19)
Top scorerAnu Lama (30)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeNEP
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 108 Steady (7 December 2018)[2]
Highest92 (December 2009)
Lowest128 (August 2012)
First international
   Nepal 0–1 Hong Kong 
(Hong Kong; 14 December 1986)
Biggest win
   Nepal 13–0 Afghanistan 
(Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh; 14 December 2010)
Biggest defeat
 Japan 14–0 Nepal   
(Hong Kong; 24 December 1989)
 Japan 14–0 Nepal Nepal
(Barotac Nuevo, Philippines; 12 November 1999)
Women's Asian Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1986)
Best resultGroup stage

The Nepal women's national football team, otherwise known as Nepali Cheli's (Nepalese Sisters)[citation needed] is controlled by the All Nepal Football Association and represents Nepal in women's international football competitions. It is a member of the Asian Football Confederation and the South Asian Football Federation and has yet to qualify for the World Cup.

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

Nepal formed a women's national team in the mid-1980s and debuted in the 1986 AFC Women's Championship. During the start of the tournament, Nepal played their first official match against Hong Kong (December 14, 1986), which they lost with a score of 1-0. Nepal women's side also participated in the final three phases of the Asian Cup in 1986, 1989 and 1999, never going beyond the group stages. Nepal proved to be in a difficult group with former champions Thailand, alongside Indonesia and Hong Kong, two relatively strong teams. As a result, Nepal had lost all three matches, two of them indefinitely, while the match against Hong Kong proved to be a steady profit. In 1989 Nepal played again in the championship, against the same opponents, except that Thailand was substituted against Japan. This resulted in ugly points for Nepal, who lost every game by a wide margin, the smallest 0-3 against Hong Kong.

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Crisis years[edit]

As a result of the democracy uprising in 1990, there was an eight-year period without women national team. This negatively affected player recruitment, but nevertheless Nepal soon returned into international football during the Women's Asian Cup in 1999. Despite their triumphant return, the results were about the same as before the eight-year hiatus. The championship ended in the group-stage with Japan, Thailand, Uzbekistan and the Philippines, where Nepal lost all four games. Since then, Nepal has not appeared in the Women's Asian cup. Former men's national team technical director, Holger Obermann served as the technical advisor for the Chelis during their 1999 campaign.[3]

However, this does not mean that Nepal had not played football since 1999. The Mangladevi League, roughly a month-long women's football tourney, was set up trying to bring in women football players across the country. It was played in early 2000, in a league-cum-knockout basis. It was an initiative taken by a single person, but sadly discontinued after a year.[4]

Nepal had a long period without matches, but they impressed many in the South Asian Games in 2010, where they reached the final after beating several opponents by a wide margin . In the finals they lost narrowly 1-3 against the big favorite India. This gave the national team a much needed recognition. The 11th South Games also was the first to host a women's football event as well.[5] In the opening match of the 2010 South Asian Games, Nepal women's U23 faced hosts Bangladesh, where they won with a single goal. The second match against Sri Lanka proved to be more illustrious as victory came in the form of 8 goals while holding a clean sheet. However, the scoring spree was short lived as the third group-stage match against India saw a heavy 0-5 loss. Nevertheless, Nepal had done enough to qualify for the second round (semi finals) against Pakistan which they won with a resounding 7-0 scoreline. This meant that Nepal would face a difficult rematch against India in the finals, although any result would ensure a medal at the very least for the Chelis. Despite finally ending the scoring drought against India, the game was lost 1-3. Despite putting on a valiant performance, the Chelis returned home with a silver medal which came to the delight of many supporters of Nepalese football due to the rarity of the occasion.

Regeneration[edit]

The regeneration of Women's football in Nepal was first realised when after the national leagues were reinstated in 2009. The women's national team prior to this, hadn't played an international game for 5 years. Nevertheless, the Chelis began training for two upcoming major international tournaments in the following year. In 2010, Nepali women footballers returned with two runner-up trophies, one from the 11th South Asian Games, and the other from the SAFF Women's Football Championship. Despite limited training, resources and less attention compared to the men's team, the women's team had performed exceedingly well internationally. In the South Asian Games, they defeated Sri Lanka 8-0, and in SAFF they thrashed Afghanistan 13-0 and Pakistan 11-0. Striker Anu Lama was the star of SAFF, scoring three hat-tricks to be declared the best player of the tournament. However, the team was defeated 0-5 by India in the SAG final, but it was a much more closely fought match when they lost 0-1 to the same team in the SAFF final recently.

Following the team's regeneration since 2010, the women's side rose 22 places in the FIFA ranking.[6]

Home stadium[edit]

The stadium at daytime

The team's home ground are various around the nation also shared with the Nepal national football team at the Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, a multi-purpose stadium in central Kathmandu, Nepal. Holding 25,000 spectators, of which 5,000 seated, it is the biggest stadium in Nepal. It is named after Dashrath Chand, one of the martyrs of Nepal. Prior to the 2013 SAFF Championship in Nepal, the Dasarath Rangasala underwent heavy renovation that saw several improvements such as the expansion of seats from 20,000 to 25,000.

Recent results and fixtures[edit]

Results accurate up to 22 March 2019.[7]

Date Opponent Result Score* Venue Competition
April 2019[8]  Indonesia Myanmar TBA, Myanmar 2020 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Second Round)
April 2019[8]  India Myanmar TBA, Myanmar 2020 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Second Round)
April 2019[8]  Myanmar Myanmar TBA, Myanmar 2020 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Second Round)
22 March 2019  India L 1–3 Nepal Sahid Rangashala, Biratnagar, Nepal 2019 SAFF Women's Championship (Final)
20 March 2019  Sri Lanka W 4–0 Nepal Sahid Rangashala, Biratnagar, Nepal 2019 SAFF Women's Championship (Semi-Final)
16 March 2019  Bangladesh W 3–0 Nepal Sahid Rangashala, Biratnagar, Nepal 2019 SAFF Women's Championship
12 March 2019  Bhutan W 3–0 Nepal Sahid Rangashala, Biratnagar, Nepal 2019 SAFF Women's Championship
15 February 2019  Myanmar L 1–3 India Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar, India 2019 Women's Gold Cup (Final)
13 February 2019  Iran W 3–0 India Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar, India 2019 Women's Gold Cup
11 February 2019  India W 2–1 India Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar, India 2019 Women's Gold Cup
9 February 2019  Myanmar L 0–3[9] India Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar, India 2019 Women's Gold Cup
13 November 2018  Bangladesh D 1–1 Myanmar Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon, Myanmar 2020 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (First Round)
11 November 2018  Myanmar D 1–1 Myanmar Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon, Myanmar 2020 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (First Round)
8 November 2018  India D 1–1 Myanmar Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon, Myanmar 2020 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (First Round)

* Nepal score always listed first

  Win   Draw   Loss ,

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 20 players were called up for the 2019 SAFF Women's Championship on 7 March 2019.[10]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
16 1GK Anjila Tumbapo Subba (1996-07-26) 26 July 1996 (age 22) 18 0 Nepal APF Club
20 1GK Anjana Rana Magar (2002-01-18) 18 January 2002 (age 17) 3 0 Nepal Nepal Army Club
22 1GK Usha Nath (2001-01-23) 23 January 2001 (age 18) 0 0 Nepal Nepal Police Club

15 2DF Man Maya Limbu (1992-02-19) 19 February 1992 (age 27) 26 0 Nepal APF Club
3 2DF Punam Jargha Magar (1993-06-27) 27 June 1993 (age 25) 23 1 Nepal Nepal Army Club
6 2DF Hira Kumari Bhujel (1995-12-26) 26 December 1995 (age 23) 23 1 Nepal APF Club
12 2DF Gita Rana (1996-09-10) 10 September 1996 (age 22) 18 0 Nepal APF Club
5 2DF Amrita Jaishi 16 0 Nepal Nepal Police Club
2 2DF Kabita Dhimal 1 0 Nepal Nepal Army Club
23 2DF Puja Rana 1 0 Nepal Nepal Army Club

19 3MF Dipa Rai (1991-02-02) 2 February 1991 (age 28) 24 0 Nepal Nepal Army Club
7 3MF Renuka Nagarkote (1995-04-16) 16 April 1995 (age 23) 24 0 Nepal APF Club
11 3MF Anita Basnet (1995-02-09) 9 February 1995 (age 24) 23 2 Nepal APF Club
18 3MF Manjali Kumari Yonjon (2001-07-04) 4 July 2001 (age 17) 18 4 Nepal APF Club
27 3MF Saru Limbu (2001-03-06) 6 March 2001 (age 18) 13 0 Nepal APF Club
25 3MF Anita KC (1998-01-04) 4 January 1998 (age 21) 8 0 Nepal APF Club
21 3MF Sharmila Thapa (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 26) 8 2 Nepal APF Club

14 4FW Niru Thapa (captain) (1990-08-29) 29 August 1990 (age 28) 38 11 Nepal Nepal Police Club
9 4FW Sabitra Bhandari (1996-05-28) 28 May 1996 (age 22) 27 26 Nepal APF Club
8 4FW Rekha Paudel (2002-01-09) 9 January 2002 (age 17) 4 1 Nepal APF Club

Recent callups[edit]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Lila Lamgade (1993-06-12) 12 June 1993 (age 25) Nepal Nepal Army Club 2020 Olympic Qualifiers 1st Round
GK Rupa Rana Magar - Nepal APF Club 2020 Olympic Qualifiers 1st Round

DF Sunita Chaudhary Nepal Nepal Army Club 2019 Women's Gold Cup
DF Ranjana Darji Nepal APF Club 2020 Olympic Qualifiers 1st Round
DF Menuka Giri Nepal Nepal Police Club 2020 Olympic Qualifiers 1st Round

MF Bimala Chaudhary Nepal Nepal Army Club 2019 Women's Gold Cup
MF Dipa Neupane Nepal Nepal Police Club 2020 Olympic Qualifiers 1st Round
MF Indira Rai Nepal Nepal Army Club 2020 Olympic Qualifiers 1st Round
MF Dipa Adhikari Nepal Nepal Army Club 2020 Olympic Qualifiers 1st Round

FW Anu Lama (1987-10-03) 3 October 1987 (age 31) Nepal APF Club 2019 Women's Gold Cup

Coaching staff[edit]

Head Coach Nepal Hari Khadka[11]
Manager Nepal Bimala Paudel
Officials Nepal Pramila Singh Shrestha
Nepal Pravin Kumar Yadav

Competitive record[edit]

*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
***Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Women's World Cup[edit]

FIFA Women's World Cup
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA GD Pts
China 1991 Did not qualify
Sweden 1995
United States 1999
United States 2003
China 2007
Germany 2011
Canada 2015
France 2019 TBD
Total

AFC Women's Asian Cup[edit]

AFC Women's Asian Cup
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA GD Pts
Hong Kong 1975 Did not enter (No team)
Taiwan 1977
India 1979
Hong Kong 1981
Thailand 1983
Hong Kong 1986 Round 1 3 0 0 3 0 12 –12 0
Hong Kong 1989 Round 1 3 0 0 3 0 25 –25 0
Japan 1991 Did not enter
Malaysia 1993
Malaysia 1995
China 1997
Philippines 1999 Round 1 4 0 0 4 1 30 –29 0
Chinese Taipei 2001 Did not enter
Thailand 2003
Australia 2006
Vietnam 2008
China 2010
Vietnam 2014
Jordan 2018
Total 3/18 10 0 0 10 1 67 –66 0

SAFF Women's Championship[edit]

SAFF Women's Championship
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA GD Pts
Bangladesh 2010 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 34 1 +33 12
Sri Lanka 2012 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 24 4 +20 12
Pakistan 2014 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 17 6 +11 12
India 2016 Semi-final 4 3 0 1 19 3 +16 9
Nepal 2019 Runners-up 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4 6
Total 5/5 22 17 0 5 101 17 +84 51

Olympic Games[edit]

Olympic Games
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA GD Pts
United States 1996 Did not enter
Total

Asian Games[edit]

Asian Games
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA GD Pts
China 1990 Did not enter
Japan 1994
Thailand 1998
South Korea 2002
Qatar 2006
China 2010
South Korea 2014
Indonesia 2018
Total

South Asian Games[edit]

South Asian Games[12]
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA GD Pts
Bangladesh 2010  Silver 5 3 0 2 17 9 +8 9
India 2016  Silver 5 3 1 1 9 4 +5 10
Nepal 2019 TBA
Total 2/2 10 6 1 3 26 13 +13 19

Other tournaments[edit]

Host/Year/Tournament Name Result Pld W D* L GF GA GD Pts
India 2019 Women's Gold Cup Runners-up 4 2 0 2 6 7 -2 6

Notable players[edit]

-Best goalkeeper of the Year 2013AD,2014AD and 2015AD

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Niru Thapa chosen captain of women's national football team". The Himalayan Times. 26 October 2018. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 7 December 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  3. ^ "NFH - Archived News". www.angelfire.com. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  4. ^ "Off-side: In support of the Nepali women footballers". The Kathmandu Post. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  5. ^ Richardson, Andy (5 March 2009). "Nepali football - Sportsworld". Al-Jazeera Sportsworld. Retrieved 4 January 2016 – via YouTube.
  6. ^ "FIFA Rankings Nepal Women's National Team". Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Fixtures and results". FIFA. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  8. ^ a b c "Qualifiers Round 2 draw concluded". AFC. 13 February 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Hero Gold Cup 2019: Khin Moe Wai sinks Nepal as Myanmar win 3-0". Fox Sports Asia. 9 February 2019. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Coach Hari Khadka Announces Final Squad For SAFF Women's Championship 2019". GoalNepal. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
  11. ^ "Women's football team to go to China for friendlies". The Himalayan Times. 25 October 2018. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  12. ^ "South Asian Federation Games (Women's Tournament)". RSSSF. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2018.