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German coach takes charge of the Nepal Football Team
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Nepal's National soccer team gets a German coach

May 19, 2008

With two international football tournaments lined up in a row, the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) has brought in German football coach Thomas Flath in Nepal to take charge of the Nepalese National football team.

The 43-year old former Schalke 04 coach has indicated that there will be improvement in the performance of the squad but also warned not to expect too much from the team immediately. Flath emphasized that he would not change the team’s formation but would encourage every player to play in his favoured position and style. “I am in a team-building process as I have been here for very small period of time, but I can assure people that during my stint the Nepali football team will take advantage.”  

Flath said that he was very happy with the team’s performance in training and the players’ quest to learn. Bhim Thapa is technical director of the team while former National players Balgopal Maharjan and Upendra Man Singh are serving as assistant coaches.

On 13th May the new coach announced a 23-member national football squad for the upcoming qualifying round of the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Asia Challenge Cup. The championship begins on May 24th in Cambodia and is co-hosted by India and Sri Lanka.

Flath is in Nepal on a two month contract, which runs until June 30th. According to ANFA Flath’s appointment is result of a bilateral agreement between ANFA and the German Football Association at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The new coach Flath is all set to give Nepalese Football its much required lift.

by Swati Sharma
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