Nepali Boys U-16 basketball team left for Dhaka, Bangladesh today to participate in the South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) U-16 Basketball Qualifiers to be held there from July 3-5, 2013 at Dhaka, Bang;adesh. The U-16 team comprises 12 players and four officials. Four teams — Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives and India — will compete in the qualifying round to be held in round robin format to qualify one team from SABA for the 3rd FIBA ASIA U16 Championship for Men scheduled to be held at Tehran, Iran from 25 Sept to 4 Oct 2013.
Keshang Thokya Thakuri is the captain of the team while Saugat Singh Baniya is the vice-captain. Ajay Kunwar, Anish Magar, Sohrat Shah, Suraj Lama, Sujan Century, Denjo Gurung, Prayus Shrestha, Chhewang Jhankri, Sandesh Tamang and Sudip Acharya are the other members of the squad. Subrat Rajopadhaya is the Manager of the Nepali team while Biku Maharjan and Prem Sundar Hona are the coach and assistant coach. FIBA referee Raj Kumar Maharjan will referee matches during the qualifiers. National Sports Council Member Secretary Yuvaraj Lama and others officials of Nepal Basketball Association bade farewell to the team.