So today is the day, Nepal is going to play a friendly game against Iraq.
Nepal and Iraq are going to play against each other on May 29, Saturday after 20 years. It is an international friendly game as both team are preparing for the World Cup Qualifier.
Head coach Abdullah Almutairi will lead Nepal’s team against Iraq.
The coach said- The team is going to change the mentality of playing football. We will go attacking against any strong team rather than being defensive. We’ll take chances.
Karan Kumar Limbu is the captain of Nepal.
Nepal’s goalkeeper Chemjong said – “It’s a great opportunity for Nepal to play against Iraq and it is going to be a good experience for our World Cup Qualifiers matches in Kuwait. We have trained well and prepared for it.
The national team did their final training in Basra Sports Complex, Iraq on Thursday evening and is ready to take on the Asian cup winner.
The match between Nepal and Iraq will be held in Basra International Stadium, Iraq.
The time for the match between Nepal and Iraq is 10: 15pm.
Nepal is ranked in 171 th position while Iraq ranks in 60th position. It is clear that, it wont be an easy match for Nepal.
But coach told that the match is more about performance rather than result.
Previously, Nepal and Iraq had played 3 times in which Nepal had lost all the matches.
In 1982, Nepal again faced Iraq during Asian Cup. Iraq defeated Nepal with 3- 0.
The last time they played with each other was at Al Shab Stadium, Iraq. Nepal lost the match by 9-1.
After that, Nepal lost 4-2. The game was played at Almaty Central Stadium in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
There is a huge team ranking between Nepal and Iraq but Nepal;s spirit looks great under the head coach Abdullah Almutairi.
Last 5 matches of Nepal and Iraq
Nepal 0- 0 Bangladesh
Nepal 0-2 Bangladesh
Nepal 0-1 Kuwait
Nepal 0-3 Myanmar
Nepal 0-3 Jordan
Iraq 0 – 0 Tajikistan
Iraq 1- 0 Uzbekistan
Iraq 2-1 Kuwait
Iraq 0-0 UAE
Iraq 2-1 Uzbekistan
What’s next for Nepal ?
After playing against Iraq, Nepal will face Chinese Taipei, Jordan and Australia in World Cup qualifiers. All 3 matches will be played in Kuwait.