Despite their relatively poor performances in major tournaments, progress has been made in Nepal developing football and competing with their Asian brethren. In qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™, the side were decidedly middle of the road.
The Himalayan Kingdom enjoyed beating Macao 4-1 and 6-1, but their other results - four losses with a minus-20 goal difference - against Iraq and Kazakhstan were disappointing. Six straight defeats in qualifying for the 2004 Asian Cup, where they conceded 43 goals without reply against Oman, Korea Republic and Vietnam SR, also did little for morale.
Unfortunately for them after the disappointing results in Asian Cup qualifying, Nepal chose not to participate in the preliminaries for Germany 2006. Four years on they have decided not to miss out again and have been drawn against Oman in the preliminary qualifying for 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. With only the winning team advancing to the second qualifying stage, the team under Shyam Thapa have only one goal in mind - fighting hard to showcase their improvement in recent years.