On Monday, in the Group ‘B’ match of the FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers Nepal take on hosts Taiwan at the Taipei Municipal Stadium in Taipei.
Both the nations failed the opening matches performed on September 5 in varying fashion. While Nepal experienced an embarrassing 7-0 defeat in their off match on Kuwait, Taiwan moved down battling 2-1 to Jordan in the five-team organization that likewise consists of Asian powerhouse Australia.
Taiwan is listed 125th position in FIFA rankings, 41 places forward of Nepal. In their only prior meeting an international friendly on June 6—Nepal and Taiwan played 1-1 draw.
Nepal allowed nearly all the goals on Kuwait mostly due to defensive lapses. Nepal looks to fix that mistake on Taiwan.
“For some reasons, we failed against Kuwait and we need to be back on track,” Nepal’s Swedish coach Johan Kalin stated.
“We conceded all seven goals due to our own mistakes. We now look to bounce back and play our own game,” stated the Swede.
“It was a poor performance but we can fix it. Hopefully, we can find a solution.”
Kiran Chemjong, Nepal skipper told the loss against Kuwait had put his team below a huge force to obtain the win in their second match.
“We had never expected that we would lose by such a huge margin,” said Chemjong, a part of the Nepali team.
“We have analyzed our mistakes from the last match and the whole team is committed not to repeat them on Tuesday,” stated Chemjong adding that Taiwan was a tough team to deal with but was able to face them.
Like Nepal, Taiwan will also be acute to file first win at their yard. Forming judgments based on the end of first match and FIFA rankings alone, Nepal would be the most limited opponents of all.
“This is a must-win game and we are not going to hold back,” Taiwan’s coach Loius Lancaster stated.
“We look forward to taking our chances and would like to play on top of our games,” he stated. “I want my players to express themselves and leave the field with no regrets. If we fail repeatedly, the pressure will keep building on us.”