'A' Division League to begin from November 15

Clubs have agreed to start the Martyr's Memorial 'A' Division League 2021 from November 15.

A meeting between All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) and 'A' Division Clubs at ANFA Complex took the decision to start the league on the aforementioned date.

Earlier, the clubs had agreed to start the league from September 19 but with the deferral of SAFF Championship to the first week of October, the league has also been pushed back.

Prize money for the champions has also been increased to Rs 7.5 million from last year's Rs 5 million. The second and third placed clubs will win a cash prize of Rs 5 million and 2.5 million respectively. Clubs will be provided Rs 2 million each as preparation money.

Two bottom-placed teams will be relegated to 'B' Division after the conclusion of the league.

The league will be conducted on a single round basis. In the previous meeting clubs had agreed to a super eight and bottom six rounds to decide on the champions and relegation but the decision was scrapped due to the Covid-19 situation.

Clubs have also agreed to hold further talks regarding the coronavirus situation in the future. Players' registration for the league has already started.

Representatives of all 'A' Division clubs had taken part in the meeting.

ANFA General Secretary Indraman Tuladhar, Assistant General Secretary Arun Man Joshi, League Committee Coordinator Bigyan Raj Sharma, League Director Sanjeb Mishra, among others, were also present in the discussion.

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Executive committee meeting accepts conditional hosting offer of SAFF Championship

An All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) executive committee emergency meeting on Friday has decided to accept the conditional hosting offer of SAFF Championship in Nepal.

ANFA has received a conditional offer from SAFF to host the tournament in October.

The meeting decided to forward the proposal to SAFF detailing the budgeting plan. The total budget of the tournament has been estimated at Rs 100 million. The meeting also thanked Nepal government which has decided to assist Rs 50 million for the tournament.

The meeting also approved to play friendly matches for both the men's and women's national team. The women's national team is currently preparing for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 Qualifiers while the men's national team is in closed camp for SAFF Championship and AFC Asian Cup China Qualifier Final Round.

The meeting decided to request the Ministry of Youth and Sports to investigate the applications submitted by ANFA senior vice president Pankaj Bikram Nembang and head coach of men's national team Abdullah Almutairi.

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MMC becomes fourth civilian club to run football academy

Eight-time league Champions Manang Marsyangdi Club (MMC) became the fourth civilian club to run football academy after signing a six year agreement with Nepal Adarsha Awasiya Vidyalaya.

An agreement was reached between the club, school and All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) amid a special programme at Nepal Adarsha Awasiya Vidyalaya in Pokhara on Tuesday.

The agreement is similar to that of the agreement signed by Sankata Club, Satdobato Youth Club and New Road Team (NRT). As per the agreement, 14 players―seven players from the clubs and school―will join the academy for the first year. The players will train with the club while continuing their study in the school.

For the second year, the club will provide 14 players taking the total players to 21.

MMC's Vice President Karma Tshering Gurung and Nepal Adarsha Awasiya Vidyalaya Principal Kamal Gurung signed the agreement.

ANFA Vice President and Grassroots and Youth Coordinator Upendra Man Singh signed in the agreement from ANFA.

ANFA President Karma Tshering Sherpa and other executive committee members were also present in the signing ceremony.

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ANFA holds meeting with clubs over 'A' Division League

All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) hosted a meeting with clubs on Sunday regarding the Martyr's Memorial 'A' Division League 2021 scheduled to begin from September 19.

Representatives of all 14 'A' Division Clubs took part in the meeting at ANFA Complex in Satdobato.

Clubs said they were committed to play the league but expressed their concern about the health and safety of the players.

Brigade Boys Club's President Lal Kumar Pun said health of the players should be prioritized while playing the league given the health ministry has warned about a possible third phase of Covid-19 infection in the country. Three Star Club's General Secretary Sanjib Shilpakar said their earlier memorandum to ANFA was not about halting the league but was to make it more systematized.

Newly-promoted Satdobato Youth Club's President Kapil Rana Magar said every clubs should weigh up and plan for the worst-case scenario for the league. Nepal APF Club's Pankaj Chand, Himalayan Sherpa Club Team Manager Bijen Pudasaini, Friends Club President Deepak Thapa, Jawalakhel Youth Club President Mahendra Chhetri, Machhindra Club President Sunil Kapali, New Road Team President Sundar Joshi, Nepal Police Club's Ananta Thapa, Sankata Club acting President Surendra Shikhrakar, Chyasal Youth Club Pradip Byanjankar and Tribhuvan Army Football Club President Shashikaran Rayamajhi also spoke in the meeting.

The clubs representatives said players' health should be put first by carefully calculating every risks that could hamper the league.

ANFA President Karma Tsering Sherpa said ANFA would leave no stone unturned to protect the player's health and conduct the league in a planned manner. "Football should be conducted at any cost. We will take permission from the government and follow all the health and safety measures while conducting the league," Sherpa said.

The president added they have successfully conducted international football during the pandemic and would also conduct the national tournament in the same manner.

The clubs have agreed to iron out all the differences in another meeting called on August 1.

ANFA Senior Vice President Pankaj Nembang, Vice President Bir Bahadur Khadka, General Secretary Indraman Tuladhar, Spokesperson and Executive Committee member Kiran Rai, League Committee Coordinator Bigyan Raj Sharma, among other ANFA officials were present in the meeting.

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