Nepal to Play Home & Away Matches in Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Nepal’s national football team faces a unique challenge: both home and away matches in the FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers will be played in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

The decision arose after the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) acknowledged Dasharath Stadium’s failure to meet AFC standards, prompting fixture relocation.

The pivotal “home match” against the United Arab Emirates (UAE), set for June 6 in Nepal, shifts to Prince Mohamed Bin Fahd Stadium in Dammam. The AFC directed a neutral venue due to Dasharath Stadium’s inadequacies.

Similarly, the June 11 away game against Yemen will also be in Dammam. Nepal faces two critical matches in Saudi Arabia. ANFA swiftly coordinated with Saudi Arabian authorities, ensuring the continuation of both fixtures in a neutral setting. Prince Mohamed Bin Fahd Stadium’s modern facilities and history of hosting international fixtures make it a viable alternative.

Though Nepali fans are disappointed about the absence of a traditional home match, optimism remains. The team aims to adapt to the neutral venue and secure favorable outcomes against the UAE and Yemen.

Nepal in Group H of the second round of qualifiers, faces the disappointing reality of being eliminated from the World Cup contention. Throughout four matches, they have conceded a staggering 14 goals without managing to score against their opponents. This stark statistic reflects their current standing in football, indicating a considerable gap in performance. Nepal’s struggle on the field underscores the challenges they currently confront in international football.

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