Nirajan Rayamajhi

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Nirajan Rayamajhi
Personal information
Full name Nirajan Rayamajhi
Date of birth (1980-01-29) 29 January 1980 (age 38)
Place of birth Kathmandu, Nepal
Playing position Striker
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2010 Nepal 19 (13)

Nirajan Rayamajhi (Nepali: निराजन रायमाझी ; born 29 January 1980)[1] is a Nepalese retired professional footballer who last played as a striker for the Nepal national football team and New Road Team (N.R.T.) Rayamajhi is best known for his performance with the Nepal national team. He scored a hat trick for the national team against Macau in the 2002 World Cup qualification round. Rayamajhi is also Nepal's top scorer of all time - along with his colleague Hari Khadka - having scored 13 goals for Nepal. He retired from Nepal's national team in 2006 . He is considered one of the most reliable goal scorers at both club and national levels.

Background and personal life[edit]

Rayamajhi was born in Mulpani, Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. His uncle and brother played on the football grounds of Mulpani, and he used to go along with them when he was a child. He then started to play inter-ward football and participated in other local-level football tournaments. His father worked in the municipality at that time and had acquaintance with officers of Ranipokhari Corner team (RCT), which led him to join the club. He played with RCT club for five years, where he had the chance to play in the Martyr's Memorial B-Division League after a couple of years with the club. This led him to play in the Martyr's Memorial A-Division League. He used to be the top scorer or best player in the league, resulting in his selection for the national team.

National team[edit]

At the age of 21, he debuted for a national team. Despite losing to Iraq, he scored a consolation goal. He scored a hat-trick against Macau in 2002 World Cup qualification round.[2] He was in form until 2004 and was never benched. He became the top scorer for the national team.

Club life[edit]

Due to his strong performance with the national team, he got the chance to play for big clubs like Friends Club and Three Star Club. Rayamajhi went to Germany to play and improve his football techniques. He learned that FIFA does not allow players of teams with low FIFA rankings to play in upper division leagues of high-profile footballing nations. He joined the 4th division club Ornek and played for some years. [3] Due to financial problems, he left football and started a job.

Return to national team[edit]

He returned to Nepal in 2005 and re-joined the Three Star Club. After a year, he was called up by the national team. At the same time, he joined N.R.T. club. Due to obesity, he couldn't regain his form and finally retired from the national team after playing an international friendly against Palestine.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Nepal's goal tally first.[4]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 April 2001 Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad  Iraq 1–4 1–9 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
2. 16 April 2001 Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad  Macau 1–0 4–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
3. 3–1
4. 23 April 2001 Almaty Central Stadium, Almaty  Iraq 2–4 2–4 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
5. 25 April 2001 Almaty Central Stadium, Almaty  Macau 1–0 6–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
6. 2–0
7. 4–1
8. 13 January 2003 Bangbandhu Stadium, Dhaka  Bhutan 1–0 2–0 2003 South Asian Football Federation Gold Cup
9. 15 January 2003 Bangbandhu Stadium, Dhaka  Maldives 1–0 2–3 2003 SAFF Championship
10. 7 June 2008 Rasmee Dhandu Stadium, Malé  Pakistan 2–0 4–1 2008 SAFF Championship

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nirajan Rayamajhi at Soccerway
  2. ^ www.nayapatrikadaily.com/2018/08/04/79086/
  3. ^ "Nirajan's new club". Nepali Times. Nepali Times. 15 November 2002. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Nirajan Raymajhi". www.national-football-teams.com. Retrieved 21 September 2018.