AFC turns down ANFA’s plea for Three Star’s participation

Published On: December 10, 2016 09:58 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Dec 10: National football champion Three Star Club’s slim hopes of playing in the playoff rounds of the AFC Asia Cup got shattered after the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Friday turned down All Nepal Football Association’s plea to include the team for the tournament. 

“We have requested AFC to include Three Star in the playoff but they turned down our request,” ANFA CEO Indra Man Tuladhar said. “Now, we will discuss with Three Star about the matter and decide about the next step.”

The Patan-based outfit was deprived of its rights to compete in the playoff of the AFC Asia Cup due to negligence of ANFA, which did not register the team on the deadline despite the AFC sending letters on three different occasions.

Three Star had automatically secured a berth for the playoff as champion of Playoff Qualifiers held in Mongolia in August finishing ahead of Erchim FC of Mongolia and Nagaworld of Cambodia.  

“ANFA has apologized to us and formed a probe committee regarding the incident,” Three Star General Secretary Sanjeev Silpakar said, adding that the club had asked for clarification from ANFA.

Meanwhile, the executive committee meeting of ANFA held on Friday has formed a committee to probe into the matter. The committee headed by newly appointed Vice President Bir Bahadur Khadka comprises of Ramesh Rayamajhi and Development Director Sanjeev Mishra as its members. The committee has been given 15 day’s to submit the report. 

The meeting has also decided to nominate its newly elected Vice President Mani Kunwar as the senior vice president of football governing body of the country. Sindhupalchowk District Football Association President Bir Bahadur Khadka has been nominated vice president. However, another Vice President Kishor Rai and member Pankaj Bikram Nembang have filed a note of dissent regarding the appointment. 

Similarly, the meeting has also formed a statute draft amendment committee for upcoming ANFA election to be held in 2017. 

The committee needs to follow the roadmap given by the FIFA and AFC. 

Similarly, member Basanta Aryal has been given the responsibility to prepare financial regulation draft within 15 days while member Prakash Pangeni has been assigned to prepare employee regulations in 15 days. 

The draft needs to be endorse by the next meeting of ANFA.

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