Almutairi writes on social media he is quitting as coachThe national football team coach said in a Facebook post that he is stepping down but is yet to submit an application to the football governing body.
Nepal national football team head coach Abdullah Almutairi announced on social media on Sunday that he’s quitting the job but did not submit a resignation letter to the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA).
Almutairi, a Kuwaiti national who was appointed for a one-year term in April, on Sunday announced through a Facebook post that he was stepping down because of some differences with Pankaj Nembang, senior vice-president of the football governing body ANFA.
“Dear Nepali Fans ... I'm going to ANFA to resign and my resign because of the senior vice president, in the last 3 weeks every day he make drama to me. I hope you feel happy now Pankaj Nembang [SIC],” Almutairi, 38, wrote on the social networking site, tagging Nembang.
He met with the ANFA president Karma Tsering Sherpa and held discussions. He however did not submit a resignation letter at ANFA and also declined to speak with the media.
"Though he announced resignation on social media, he has not submitted one to ANFA. He looked very stressed. We have asked him to take a rest and discuss the issue tomorrow [Monday]," ANFA spokesperson Kiran Rai said. "He complained that there was no conducive working environment and some individuals have been troubling him on behalf of the vice president [Nembang].”
Senior vice president Nembang, however, refuted all the allegations and said that it was a plot against him. "I have invested almost three decades of my life in Nepali football and am always committed to the institutional development of the game. It is a plot against me," said Nembang.
He even claimed that he had never met the Kuwaiti in person and said that he was being used against him. "I have verbally told the president and general secretary to probe against the allegations and punish the culprit. Some people are behind me. I will lodge an application tomorrow seeking a probe into this serious allegation," Nembang added.
"Should a responsible person like the national team coach make such allegations through social media or should he discuss the issue with the FA president and manager?"
Almutairi, a pro licence holder, was sent to Nepal by the Qatar Football Association as part of an agreement with the All Nepal Football Association. Qatar FA takes care of his salary.
Under him, Nepal has played four matches. In May-June, Nepal beat Chinese Taipei and lost against Australia, Kuwait and Iraq.
While the Iraq match was an international friendly, other matches were part of joint qualifier fixtures of the AFC Asia and World Cup.