Nepal vs Philippines Friendly 2023; SAFF Championship 2023 Preparation

As Nepal gears up for the upcoming SAFF Championship 2023, they have scheduled a crucial friendly match against the Philippines on June 15. This match holds significant importance as it serves as a preparation opportunity for the national team to fine-tune their skills and strategies before the tournament kicks off.

Significance of the Friendly Match: The upcoming friendly match between Nepal and the Philippines carries immense significance for the Nepalese national team’s preparations for the SAFF Championship 2023. It also provides a valuable opportunity for the players to fine-tune their tactics, assess their strengths and weaknesses, and establish better team coordination. The match will enable the coaching staff to evaluate the performance of the players and make necessary adjustments before the tournament.

The two nations have a history of encounters, with the Philippines having an upper hand in the previous meetings. Let’s delve into the details of their head-to-head record and explore the significance of this friendly match in Nepal’s SAFF Championship campaign.

Nepal vs Philippines Head-to-Head Record:

Date Match Result
May 31, 1982 King’s Cup Nepal 1-0 Philippines
October 11, 2011 International Friendly Philippines 4-0 Nepal
April 11, 2014 International Friendly Philippines 3-0 Nepal
October 31, 2014 International Friendly Philippines 3-0 Nepal
March 28, 2017 AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers Philippines 4-1 Nepal
November 14, 2017 AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers Nepal 0-0 Philippines

Nepal and the Philippines have faced each other six times in the past, with the Philippines displaying dominance over their Nepalese counterparts. Out of the six matches played, the Philippines emerged victorious in four, while one match ended in a draw, and Nepal secured a single win.

  1. King’s Cup, 31 May 1982:
    Nepal and the Philippines first clashed in the King’s Cup, held on May 31, 1982. In a tightly contested match, Nepal secured a memorable 1-0 victory over the Philippines, marking their first-ever triumph against their opponents.
  2. International Friendly, 11 Oct 2011:
    On October 11, 2011, the Philippines avenged their previous defeat by defeating Nepal with a scoreline of 4-0. This was a friendly match which was played in Manila, Philippines.
  3. International Friendly, 11 Apr 2014:
    In another friendly encounter on April 11, 2014, the Philippines emerged victorious with a 3-0 win over Nepal.
  4. International Friendly, 31 Oct 2014:
    The Philippines continued their dominance over Nepal in their third friendly match on October 31, 2014, securing a convincing 3-0 victory.
  5. AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers, 28 Mar 2017:
    The teams met again on March 28, 2017, in the AFC Asian Cup 2019 qualifiers, with the Philippines emerging victorious once more with a 4-1 win over Nepal.
  6. AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers, 14 Nov 2017:
    In their most recent encounter on November 14, 2017, Nepal managed to hold the Philippines to a goalless draw, showing improvement in their performance.

SAFF Championship 2023

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Nepal has been drawn into Group A for the SAFF Championship 2023, alongside Kuwait, India, and Pakistan. The friendly match against the Philippines will serve as a crucial test for Nepal. This will allow them to gauge their readiness and identify areas that need improvement ahead of the tournament. It will also provide insights into the strategies employed by their opponents and help the team strategize accordingly.

Despite the Philippines’ historical advantage in their head-to-head encounters, Nepal will aim to use this match as a platform to show their growth and compete strongly. Team will also strive to learn from their past experiences and harness their potential to achieve success in the SAFF.

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