Nepal women's team head coach Gary Phillips said his charges failed to manage last five minutes in the match against Philippines which they lost 1-2.
Nepal were close to the win in AFC Asian Cup 2022 India qualifiers but they conceded two late goals leaving the team bench frustrated.
"Well, I am extremely disappointed. I thought we were really good till 85th minute. We couldn't manage the last five minutes. Probably the lack of experience of international games.
"Unfortunately, we lost the match. Injury to Bimala and Puja Rana made an impact. Changes in the last hours was inevitable as players were tired. Actually, leaders in the team couldn't manage the situation and try help the new comers. We deserved better. I am proud of their performance", said an Australian coach.
Coach Phillips also said they they were positive against Hong Kong match.
" Regarding HongKong, we need to regroup. We need to check the injury situation. We need to be cautious. We need to assess the mentality of our players. We have two day rest. Problem is 37 degree heat which is touch for everyone. But it is true that we can compete once again. I believe Hong Kong can beat Philippines and we need to beat HK. Football is a funny game. Anything can happen", he added.
Nepal will play against Hong Kong on September 21.
Nepal, Philippines and Hong Kong are in the group. One team will go to the final round hosted by India next year.
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