Probe committee formed to look into players-coach rowA three-member committee coordinated by former Nepali international and retired major general Victor Rana has been given a seven-day ultimatum to submit the report.
All Nepal Football Association on Sunday has formed a three-member probe committee under coordination of former Nepali international Victor Rana to look into a dispute between national players and coach Abdullah Almutairi.
An emergency executive committee meeting of the football governing body on Sunday formed the committee led by Rana, also the retired major general of Nepal Army, which has former international footballer Bidur Bista and Deepak Thapa, the vice president of Nepal National and International Players' Association (NNIPA), as members.
The Committee assigned to identify problems and also furnish recommendations has been given seven days’ time to submit a report.
On April 26, 10 members of the national team had left the national team's closed camp for the third and final round Qualifiers of the AFC Asian Cup alleging the Kuwaiti coach of imposing dictatorship in the camp.
Senior players of the squad including caretaker captain Rohit Chand, Sujal Shrestha, Bishal Shrestha, Bishal Rai, Anjan Bista, Ananta Tamang, Tej Tamang, Suman Lama, Dinesh Rajbanshi and Bimal Gharti Magar had left the closed camp after coach Almutairi allegedly asked them to leave, following differences over accommodation.
Calling a press conference on April 29, the players had publicly expressed their dissatisfaction over the coach’s behaviour in the camp. The players have also accused the coach of torturing them mentally and even trying to control their personal lives off the field.
Football Players Association and the 10 players also submitted separate memorandums to ANFA on May 2 urging the football governing body to open an inquiry and punish the guilty.
Almutairi, however, writing a letter to ANFA general secretary Indraman Tuladhar, refuted that he asked players to leave the camp. Instead he blamed the players for leaving the camp without prior notice. As the replacements of 10 players, he called 17 new players in the camp.
In the letter, the Kuwaiti, who often brushes into controversy, also urged ANFA not to punish the players and said he decided to exclude them for the best interest and the performance of the team.
Nepal are also scheduled to play two international friendlies against Afghanistan on May 25 and 29 in Qatar as part of their preparation for the Qualifiers.
Nepal are drawn alongside hosts Kuwait, Jordan and Indonesia. The winners of all six groups and the five best runners-up will qualify for the finals set to take place in June and July next year in China. The Qualifiers are set to be held from June 8 to 14.