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AFC Challenge Cup 2012 Nepal - Turkmenistan Preview: Can The Gorkhalis recover some lost pride?
In the last Group A encounter, can the hosts recover some lost pride as they look to leave the tournament on a high?
By Kaustav Bera
Rai, Thapa, Chand, Shrestha;
Basnet, Khadka, Silwal, Tamang;
Gurung, Jumanu Rai
After tournament hosts Nepal were the first team to crash out after going down to Maldives in their second Group B match after an opening day loss against Palestine, this match is merely to be played to regain lost pride more than any tangible hopes of making it into the semis.
Meanwhile the Green Men lead the Group B table after crushing Maldives 3-1 on the first day before being held to a goalless draw by Palestine. A win will definitely guarantee progression. Even losing to Nepal might give them a chance of qualification if the other match ends in a draw or Maldives win. Goal difference might come into a play to decide who shall progress as the group leaders if Nepal defeat them by a huge margin.
Turkmenistan will be missing the services of talented prodigy Wahyt Orazsahedow, and Ruslan Mingazov as both of them are stuck in the peak of the European season and have not been able to secure a release from their clubs, Rubin Kazan and FC Skonto respectively. Bahtiyar Hojjahmedov and Gauvanch Hangeldiyev are available for the Green Men after missing the match against Maldives due to suspension.
Meanwhile Nepal coach Graham Roberts might as well try out some new strike combinations upfront as substitutes if the pair of Jumanu Rai and Anil Gurung fail to get the goals.
This will be an interesting encounter but for different reasons altogether. While the Gorkhalis will play this to give their home fans a spectacle, their final bow before leaving the tournament, the Green Men will go all out to top the group so that they do not face tournament heavy weights and probable Group B toppers, DPR Korea in the semi-finals.
||DID YOU KNOW|
- Surprisingly Nepal have so far not scored a single goal so far in the AFC Challenge Cup 2012 inspite of creating a number of good chances.
- After former India coach Stephen Constantine, Graham Roberts is the second Englishman to coach the Nepali national team.
- Turkmenistan were a whisker away from winning Challenge Cup in 2010, losing to DPR Korea in the finals.
Top 3 Predictions
Nepal 1-0 Turkmenistan
- 16.67 %
Nepal 2-1 Turkmenistan
- 10 %
Nepal 2-0 Turkmenistan
- 10 %
|AFC Challenge Cup (ACC)||12-Mar-2012||Nepal 0 - Turkmenistan 3|
|06-Mar-2013||Nepal 0 - Palestine 0||ACC|
|04-Mar-2013||Bangladesh 2 - Nepal 0||ACC|
|02-Mar-2013||Nepal 6 - Northern Mariana 0||ACC|
|09-Feb-2013||Nepal 0 - Pakistan 1||FR|
|06-Feb-2013||Nepal 0 - Pakistan 1||FR|