Sixth Executive Committee meeting concludes

The sixth Executive Committee meeting of ANFA has concluded on Monday.

The meeting at ANFA Complex in Satdobato was chaired by President Pankaj Bikram Nembang.

The meeting decided to distribute 20 percent of income made from ticket sales in international tournaments to the team taking part in the competition. Martyr's Memorial C Division League scheduled to begin from Falgun 15 was also endorsed by the committee.

The meeting appointed former General Secretary and Sankata Club President Indraman Tuladhar as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ANFA. The meeting also appointed Prabin Kumar Yadav as the Assistant Treasurer.

National men's team head coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese's contract has been extended by three months and fifteen days. The extension means Annese will be at the helm of the national team until the conclusion of the second round of World Cup Qualifiers matches.

The decisions by the meeting in full.


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C Division League to begin from February 27

The Martyrs Memorial C Division League 2023 will begin from February 27. 

A meeting between all Nepal Football Association and representatives from C division clubs at ANFA Complex in Satdobato on Wednesday agreed on the new commencement date of the league. Matches of the league will be played in single round robin format. 

During the discussion on the league, the clubs also agreed to implement the club licensing regulations. 

ANFA General Secretary Kiran Rai, Treasurer Rabindra Joshi, Ex Co member Purushottam Thapa, Spokesperson Suresh Shah and representative from C division clubs were present in the meeting.

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National team former coach Bhim Thapa no more

Former coach of national men's football team Bhim Thapa passed away on Thursday night. He was 75.

Thapa collapsed at his home in Kuleshwor and was rushed to Mediciti Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.

Thapa had represented the national team in the U-19 Asian Championship in 1971 in Japan. He also played for New Road Team, Thamel, Mahabir Club in club competitions.

Thapa began his coaching career after completion of his playing days. He had worked as the Assistant General Secretary of ANFA during the presidential tenure of Rukma Shamsher Rana. He is also a former Technical Director of ANFA.

Thapa had prepared the detailed action plan when ANFA had initiated the ANFA Academy proposal.

His body will be kept at ANFA Complex on Friday afternoon at 2:30 pm for final tributes. He will be cremated later today at Pashupati Aryaghat.

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Nepal lose 2-0 to Yemen

Nepal lost 2-0 to Yemen in the second match of the second round of World Cup Qualifiers at the Dasharath Stadium on Tuesday.

Yemen scored both the goals in the second half of the match as Nepal still look for their first points in the second round. Nepal had lost their first match to UAE on November 16 in Dubai.

After a dull first half display, the game thrust in the second half. Substitute Hisub Thapaliya shot straight at the keeper when he had the best of chances to give Nepal the lead in the 61st minute of the game. Yemen's goal in the 65th minute was ruled off for offside.

Yemen took the lead in the 73rd minute of the match through a wonder strike form Omar Abdullah Al-Dahi. Dahi wiggled past Nepali defender to bury the ball into the top corner with a sweet left-footed strike.

Rajesh Pariyar debuted for the national side when he replaced Anjan Bista in the 79th minute.

Yemen doubled the lead and ensured victory in the 90th minute when Mohammed Abdullah Al-Dahi dinked the ball over Nepali skipper Kiran Chemjon for the second goal.

The remaining matches of the Qualifier will now be played in March.

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