The skipper of Nepal’s national football team received an emotional farewell after his team secured a goalless draw against the Philippines on Tuesday, November 14. Captain Anil Gurung came as a replacement in the 81st minute in the match. This was the 50th international match for Gurung, who was tossed up in the air by his teammates at the end of the match.
Nepal and Philippines played against each other in the AFC Asian Cup Group F qualifying match in Nepal. The farewell ceremony was organized at the Anfa complex, where the president of Nepal Football Association Narendra Shrestha greeted him with garlands and a blazer.
Along with the president, other Anfa officials have also attended the ceremony to bid Gurung adieu and greeted him with applauds. After the farewell ceremony, Gurung said that it was an emotional moment for him and he received more than his expectation at the farewell ceremony. He also hinted that he will be playing domestic football and would like to lead the A division club Manang Marshyangdi. Gurung, who was from Sahara Academy, made his debut against Oman during the 2007 World Cup Qualifiers.
He said that it will not be easy for him to stay away from the game, as it has given him name, fame and a good piece of life. Gurung, who has scored nine international goals, said that he has given his best to his side. He was appointed as the captain of the country’s national team in 2015 when Nepal was preparing to participate in Saff Championship in India. However, since then Gurung did not get much opportunity to play for his country. He even was not on the team in last two matches, where Nepal played against Tajikistan.