FIFA, AFC consent must: ANFA

Lalitpur, October 15:

All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) said that it needs formal consent from the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to hold the re-election.

ANFA president Ganesh Thapa reiterated his stance regarding the decision made by the National Sports Council (NSC) a week earlier directing the football governing body to hold its elections by mid-January 2008.

“We are ready to hold elections but the NSC must guarantee that the re-elected committee will complete its four-year tenure. Otherwise, the election carries no meaning,” said Thapa at a press meet here today.

Referring to the NSC’s trend of interfering with the national associations with every other political changes in the country, Thapa said that the NSC should get rid of the provision of dissolving the associations midway. “This provision would only contribute weakening the associations,” Thapa added.

“The ongoing controversy in football started after the NSC nullified ANFA’s elections a year earlier,” Thapa said. The NSC had termed all the elections held during the Royal takeover as illegal and had therefore dissolved 15 associations including ANFA. All those association then were given the status of ad hoc committee.

“Our elections were regular ones and had no bearing on the political changes,” ANFA president added. Blaming NSC as biased towards the ANFA, Thapa said that the sports governing body was trying to impose nepotism on their association.