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FIFA asks ANFA to reinstate 4 suspended officials

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KATHMANDU — World football governing body FIFA has asked the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) to reinstate its four suspended officials and hold fresh election.

Addressing ANFA General Secretary Dhirendra Pradhan in a letter, Markus Kattner, an acting general secretary of FIFA,  has asked that the association to reinstate the suspended officials before May 23.

After FIFA Ethics Committee suspended disgraced ANFA President Ganesh Thapa for 10 years on November 16 last year, the Nepali football governing body has seen no change in its leadership with Narendra Shrestha, who is not an executive member, leading as the acting president.

ANFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Indraman Tuladhar has confirmed the receiving of letter from the FIFA on Tuesday and said that FIFA has asked ANFA to reinstate the three vice presidents — Karma Tshering Sherpa, Bijay Narayan Manandhar and Kishor Rai — along with member Pankaj Bikram Nembang.

FIFA has also asked the association to hold the presidential election as soon as possible to fill the post that has remained vacant since Thapa was banned by FIFA for 10 years on November 16 last year.

ANFA had sacked Sherpa, Manandhar, Rai and Nembang on September 28 a year ago after the dissident group had filed complaints against disgraced former ANFA chief Ganesh Thapa at the Public Accounts Committee of the legislature-parliament.

They had also filed case at the Patan Appellate Court against the annual general assembly called by ANFA, forcing the football governing body to cancel the meeting on the eve of the scheduled date.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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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”.

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