The All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Football Association (FA) at the ANFA Complex, Satdobato today.
ANFA President Karma Tsering Sherpa and Head of National League System of the FA, Mr. Laurence Jones signed the agreement. As part of the deal, both the parties will organize a friendly football match between England C (Men's) team and Nepal National (Men's) team to be played at Aldershot Town FC, UK on 25 May 2020.
Nepal will also host the England C team to play a return fixture in 2021.
ANFA President said he is pleased to share the partnership with the FA. " We are pleased to share this partnership with the FA in order to develop our ties for the promotion and development of football. For us, it’s a good opportunity as well."
"I am also thankful to Min Gurung, Immediate Past President and Advisor of Sahara UK, Dhanu Thakali General Secretary of Sahara UK and Dr. Durba Bahadur Subedi, Nepal's Ambassador to the United Kingdom for their continuous effort to have signed the agreement," added ANFA President Sherpa.
Laurence Jones said, "The purpose of the C team is to give the young players chance to progress in the high level of English Football. England C team has a very important part in player development. We think we are going to have a very exciting fixtures in Aldershot. I know Nepalese Community in that part of England is already interested in the fixture. This agreement also will strengthen the existing relationship and friendship between ANFA and the FA. We look forward to welcome the Nepal National Team in England."
Commenting on the occasion, Andrew Shaw said, "We are delighted to announce the agreement with ANFA after a lot of discussion with the committee. We are also delighted to bring our team here in Kathmandu in later 2021."
Discussions for the collaboration began when ANFA president visited the UK in 2019. In which he discussed ways and means to help Nepal team play in UK.
Min Gurung, who joined the delegation for the signing ceremony said, " Nepal enjoys football. This is the first step and we hope that this will provide some rewarding opportunities in football development."