Tashi Ghale accuses ANFA of huge financial irregularities

Published On: February 26, 2019 09:10 AM NPT

KATHMANDU, Feb 26: The ousted honorary president of All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) Tashi Ghale has accused the current ANFA leadership under President Karma Tshering Sherpa of huge irregularities of the money received from FIFA for the development of Nepali football. 

Organizing a press meet in Kathmandu on Monday, Ghale said that even though the current central working committee started with the slogan of change, they have not done any good thing to remember.  

“The ANFA has received almost Rs 250 million from the FIFA for the development of football. But the ANFA’s current working committee is keeping the FIFA under illusion, and is spending that money on random things by making different excuses,” Ghale said.“Currently, the ANFA is working on some construction in the headquarters, for which it has allocated Rs 15 million of the total Rs 30 million. Likewise, they have started stadium construction in Rautahat district without permission from the Department of Forestry. They are spending the money for themselves under the pretext of developing football.”

 “Four football association presidents are demanding investigation into the financial irregularities by ANFA leadership. There needs to be a fair investigation on this matter,” Ghale said.

Ghale further added that their decision to remove ANFA honorary president was ridiculous. 

“Former working committee led by Narendra Shrestha had made a provision to have an honorary president at the ANFA, and that provision should be kept intact,” he said.

Stating that there have been huge financial irregularities within the ANFA, the presidents of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur and Dhading football associations have been urging the authorities to investigate the matter.Recently, Birat Jung Shahi of Kathmandu District Football Association, Gautam Sujakhu of Bhaktapur District Football Association, Dipak Khatiwada of Dhading District Football Association, and Purusottam Thapa of Lalitpur District Football Association had revealed audio tapes as ‘proofs’ of financial irregularity by the ANFA leadership. 

The officials accused the current central leadership of ANFA of financially influencing the election committee, attempting to influence the decisions of the court through bribes, and influencing the voters through monetary inducements. 

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