ANFA reinstates suspended officials after FIFA diktat

KATHMANDU: The All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) on Wednesday reinstated four suspended officials - three vice-chairmen and a member - after the world football governing body FIFA directed it to do so and hold fresh elections at the earliest.

Vice-presidents Karma Chhiring Sherpa, Bijay Narayan Manandhar and Kishor Rai and Member Pankaj Nembang were reinstated today.

ANFA on September 28 last year had suspended them from the executive committee led by Ganesh Thapa accusing them of acting against the organisation's leadership.

Meanwhile, Mani Kunwar, Bir Bahadur Khadka and Santosh Baniya, who were promoted to the positions of Vice-President on the same day resigned today in a bid to solve the dispute and hold the fresh elections.

ANFA Chief Executive Officer Indra Man Tualadhar said the meeting also requested the rebel group to withdraw a case they filed at the Patan Appellate Court against ANFA Executive Committee.

Now, the ANFA Executive Committee would hold another meeting soon incorporating the reinstated officials and it would decide a date for the elections to elect the new Executive Committee as per FIFA's May 10 directive, Tuladhar added.

The meeting also formed three committees to look into disputes about financial issues, employees management and carry out preparations for the next elections, according to Tuladhar.

The national football governing body is in crisis after FIFA’s ethics committee imposed a 10-year ban on ANFA President Ganesh Thapa on corruption charges. The ban was effective from April 16 last  year.

Narendra Shrestha is leading the Nepali football body as its acting president.