Guwahati (Assam)[India], July 29 (ANI): Nepal’s Tribhuvan Army Football Club landed in Guwahati to take part within the 132nd Durand Cup 2023 and had been accorded a grand ceremonial welcome at a five-star metropolis resort upon arrival.
The 42-member squad is headed by Lt Col Basanta Raj Gurung (Retd) and might be captained by seasoned worldwide Nawayug Shrestha, who has eight profession targets for Nepal in 43 internationals.
The squad was airlifted by an Indian Air Force airplane from their base in Nepal and dropped at Guwahati, from there they may transfer to Kokrajhar to play their first recreation on the newly constructed SAI stadium, towards newly promoted I-League (Indian second division) facet Delhi FC on August 09, 2023.
They discover themselves in Group E, alongside robust Indian Super League (ISL) sides Hyderabad FC and Chennaiyin FC, apart from Delhi FC. The winners of every of the six teams of this yr’s Durand Cup undergo to the final eight together with the 2 greatest second-placed sides.
Speaking on arrival, Nawayug Shrestha mentioned,”It is a great honour for us to participate in this prestigious tournament and we look forward to give our best.”After the opening ceremony and first recreation between Mohun Bagan Super Giant and Bangladesh Army Football Team on August 3, 2023, at Kolkata’s Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK), motion shifts to Guwahati, the place native ISL facet North East United FC tackle Shillong Lajong FC in what would be the North-East Derby. That recreation would be the first of the Group D matches.
The Nepal facet will even shift again to Guwahati after their first recreation, as all their subsequent fixtures thereafter are scheduled on the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, as are the vast majority of the Group D and E video games.
The 132nd Durand Cup 2023 might be reside on the Sony Sports Ten 2 channels in addition to reside stream on SonyLIV. The scheduled kick-off is at 5.45 pm Indian Standard Time (IST). (ANI)