Nepal police has arrested five Nepal football players, including national team captain Sagar Thapa, for an alleged involvement in match fixing.
According to the Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD), those arrested are captain Sagar Thapa, vice-captain Sandip Rai, goalkeeper Ritesh Thapa, former national defender Bikash Singh Chhetri, and former national player and former coach of Three Star Club Anjan KC.
All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) CEO Indraman Tuladhar and manager Ramesh Rayamajhi confirmed that the footballers were arrested by police.
Captain Thapa and Rai are associated with Three Star Club, while Chhetri and KC were with the same club earlier. Goalkeeper Thapa is associated is affiliated with Nepal Police Club.
MPCD chief SSP Sarbendra Khanal said Thapa and KC were the “key players” involved in the organised match fixing. “These boys go through their agents and throw away matches and manipulate results with certain goal margins as per their agreements with the bookies.
Sagar and Anjan appear to be the major player among the five,” said Khanal, adding that they had initiated the investigation in the wake of finding suspicious transactions of money in their bank accounts and a dramatic change in their lifestyles.
“We have kept them under surveillance for the last one month after we found suspicious transactions in their bank accounts. Anjan seems to have investment of millions in several casinos in Sikkim.
All of them might have injected money into several businesses, but to have an investment in casino is something out of ordinary for a normal Nepali,” said Khanal.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.