Nepal withdraws from World Cup qualifiers

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Nepal has withdrawn from the World Cup soccer qualifier matches, citing financial difficulties, an official said here.

Kathmandu:

Nepal has withdrawn from the World Cup soccer qualifier matches, citing financial difficulties, an official said here. Nepal was scheduled to play Guam yesterday, but the Nepalese team never even left the country, said an official of the All Nepal Football Association. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the main problem was that the team was broke and couldn't afford the trip. The Nepalese soccer team suffered humiliating defeats in the Asian Cup qualifying matches last month, with 43 goals scored against them in just six matches. The worst was against Asian soccer giant South Korea, which scored 16 goals against Nepal. Nepal was slated to host Guam at a November 28 match, which has been automatically cancelled by Nepal's withdrawal from the qualifiers. (AP)

Topics : Football
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