National Sports Council gives go-ahead for Bangladesh friendly

National Sports Council (NSC) has approved All Nepal Football Association's proposal to resume football training paving way for the friendly matches against Bangladesh national team.

Following the approval from NSC, the Nepali national team will now begin training after the Dashain festival as part of preparations for the friendly. Earlier, Bangladesh Football Federation had proposed to host two friendly matches with the Nepali men's national team during the FIFA window of November 11-19.

Football matches and training had been halted due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. National team players were scheduled to begin closed camp training from August 17 but the camp was cancelled after the qualifying matches of FIFA World Cup 2022 and Asian Cup 2023 were postponed.

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ANFA awarded with AFC Grassroots Charter bronze level membership

Asian Football Confederation has granted All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) with the AFC Grassroots Charter Memberships following Nepal's stupendous work towards promoting grassroots football.

Nepal was awarded with Bronze Membership following Nepal's outstanding achievements in the development of football.

In a letter to ANFA General Secretary Indraman Tuladhar, Dato Windsor John, AFC General Secretary, wrote, "We are pleased to inform you that your application for membership at the bronze level of the AFC Grassroots Charter has been approved by the AFC Grassroots Panel on 12 October, 2020.

ANFA President Karma Tsering Sherpa said this was a recognition of hard work by ANFA. "This is a big achievement in the history of Nepali football. Our hard work has paid off and has been recognized. This has given us the strength to work hard for the development of Nepali football," said Sherpa.

ANFA Vice President and Grassroots and Youth Coordinator Upendra Man Singh also labelled this as a milestone in Nepali football. "It is important for us to keep our football's foundation strong and without grassroots development we know our foundations will weaken," said Singh. Singh said the Covid-19 pandemic has been a major barrier this year and said the membership will give them a sense of new enthusiasm and add vigour to do better in coming days.

Gary Phillips, Technical Director at ANFA, said the membership is the first step in raising the standard of Nepali football. "We put our planning to action after direction from ANFA leadership and with competent manpower and guidance from AFC, the seed of our hard work has bore sweet fruit," said Philips.

Grassroots Manager Manoj Ranjit said the achievement was a result of works for nearly two years and had given them further responsibility towards receiving Silver Membership.

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Fitness test for the FIFA refereeing 2021 Conducted

The ANFA today conducted a fitness test for the FIFA refereeing 2021.

A total of 23 referees attended the test. The test was conducted by five-member instructor team from ANFA.

Buddhi Bahadur Gurung, Shree Ram Ranjitkar, Gajendra Man Singh & Laba Kharti were the technical instructor. Likewise, Kiran Giri and Sailesh Joshi were the fitness instructor.  

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Three-day webinar on capacity building concludes

The three-day webinar aimed at capacity building on football education organized by All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) has successfully concluded.

The third day of the webinar focused on Team Manager. ANFA General Secretary Indraman Tuladhar and Deputy Director of AFC's Competitions and Football Events Division (CFED) Avazbek Berdikulov gave opening remarks. Tuladhar said such an event would massively help in educating the participants about various aspects of the game.

Brian See from AFC's Competitions & Football Events Division and Pavel Luzanov, AFC Manager of Club Competition, once again briefed about the AFC competitions.

Jargal Sukhbaatar, FIFA and AFC match commissioner and Mongolia national team manager, briefed about the roles and responsibilities and the registration process of a team manager. Nazwan Effendy Choong, Marketing Manager at AFC, detailed about equipment regulation and Lee Seunghun, AFC's Senior Media and Broadcast Operations Manager focused on media operations and official training.

The final session saw Brian See explaining the points and ranking system before answering questions from the participants.

The first two days of the webinar discussed on Match Commissioner and Local General Coordinator respectively.

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