KC seeks Anfa election to safeguard players, clubsFootball Club Coordination Committee (FCCC) on Wednesday urged All Nepal Football Association (Anfa) to conduct its election at the earliest possible time.
Football Club Coordination Committee (FCCC) on Wednesday urged All Nepal Football Association (Anfa) to conduct its election at the earliest possible time.
The central executive committee election of Anfa has been postponed indefinitely for the fourth time due to the internal dispute. “We request Anfa to announce the election date at earliest as per the statute,” said Thulo Bhai KC, the coordinator of FCCC and president of ‘A’ Division outfits Jawalakhel Youth Club. “The uncertainty surrounding the Anfa election has put clubs in difficult position in terms of players’ contract signings.”
The Anfa election was originally scheduled for January 7 but was postponed on various pretexts before the last election date was set for March 28. But it was called off indefinitely three days before the election following the Patan High Court verdict. The court had issued interim stay order acting on the writ petition filed by Makawanpur and Bhaktapur District Football Associations (FAs).
“The domestic football is without the top-tier league for the last four seasons putting heavy burden on the clubs. We hope the new leadership will be able to resume the it,” added KC in the program attended by representatives of ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ Division clubs. The top-tier league was last held in 2014-15. Among various reasons, the football governing body has said that they were unable to hold the league due to lack of venue after the Dashrath Stadium was badly damaged by April 2015 earthquake and is still under renovations.
The resumption of the league been one of the main agendas for both parties contesting for the top Anfa post. Senior Anfa vice president Mani Kunwar and former vice president Karma Chhiring Sherpa are vying for the job. “We can’t lure sponsors for our team in the absence of football. In the lack of sponsors how can anybody expect us to pay our footballers? Besides the lack of action is costing the players the most, both in terms of development and in terms of finance,” added KC. “We urge Anfa to hold the election as per the election directives which has compulsory provision to hold the election six months after the end of last tenure.”
KC said they also submitted their grievances to Ministry of Youth and Sports, and National Sports Council.