Taiwan to host Nepal in June friendly

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According to Goal Nepal, Taiwan's next friendly will be against Nepal on June 6th. The up-and-coming friendlies in June will be used as preparation for World Cup qualifiers for both countries with the pair of them entering qualifying in the second round phase.

Friendly confirmed via Nepal FA facebook page

Nepal's football association confirmed via their FA Facebook page Both sides will be using the game to prepare for the World Cup qualifiers that are fast approaching. Nepal is currently ranked at 161st in the world and despite the rankings will prove to be a good test for Taiwan.

It is unclear right now where the game will take place, all the matches over the last few years being held in Taipei, therefore, there is some talk that this game may take place in Kaohsiung. The stadium in Kaohsiung is too big to be hosting this game with a capacity of 55,000. Taiwan's recent friendlies have all pulled in attendance numbers of less than 10,000.

even though the stadium is too big, it is still good to take the national team games south from time to time to give people a chance of seeing the game, who cannot make it to Taipei. Working hours are a massive cause of people not being able to attend matches in my opinion, with bosses making staff stay at work all night, therefore even if people wanted to head north for games, they would never be able to make it out of work in time. For me personally, it is a bit of a nightmare trying to get to Kaohsiung on a weeknight, but I do understand the logic behind playing some games in the South.

Taiwan looked brilliant in the last two friendlies despite not scoring

Taiwan looked very good in their last two friendlies against Myanmar and Solomon Islands, despite scoring no goals and winning none of the games. The new high pressing approach employed by Taiwan's recently appointed manager Louis Lancaster seemed to catch Myanmar off guard especially.

Myanmar looked like they weren't expecting it, and didn't know what hit them during the first half of that match, which prompted an early substitution by the Myanmar manager to bring on one of their star men who ply their trade in the Thai league. Further changes from Myanmar at half time sorted out some of their problems, but how Taiwan never won that game, I will never know, because they had plenty of chances to win.

The game seemed a little more even against the Solomon Islands than against Myanmar, but Taiwan was still unlucky to lose that game due to a penalty. Without the penalty, it would have been two games, and two 0-0 draws.

Nepal will prove to be a decent test for Taiwan because the majority of Asian nations are working hard at improving their international side especially, however, I am not sure Nepal will cope with Taiwan's new pressing style and fast-paced play. Both sides are happy with the game though, in order to build for the qualifiers which are the main aim of this game.

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