The road to the World Cup is a journey of a thousand tiny steps.
Separated by over 100 places in football’s world rankings and at home in the nation’s capital it’s not expected that minnows Nepal should pose Australia too many questions. And yet every match against Asian opposition adds more to the Socceroos’ collective knowledge of this vast and diverse continent.
A first game on home soil of the 2022 campaign, Graham Arnold and his staff will be looking to impress home fans, whilst continuing to build in terms of playing style and processes and no doubt taking the opportunity to blood some new talent.
On paper Nepal lack the depth of talent to seriously challenge Australia, but boast some talented individuals – who knows, maybe prodigy Bimal Gharti Magar will add to his growing reputation, or skipper Kiran Chemjong might put on a virtuoso display between the sticks to frustrate his hosts.
It’s still early days on the journey to Qatar. So sit back, Socceroos fans, and enjoy the game played in every corner of this remarkable planet.