ANFA President, newly elected Ex Co sworn in

Pankaj Bikram Nembang has been sworn in as the new President of All Nepal Football Association (ANFA). Members of newly elected Executive Committee have also been sworn in amid a special function at ANFA Complex in Satdobato.

Election Committee coordinator Shreeram Dawadi administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly-elected Ex-Co.

Following the administration, ANFA President Nembang assumed his office at ANFA Complex.

Nembang thanked outgoing ANFA General Secretary Indraman Tuladhar, Election Committee, media and ANFA staffs for their role in the election process.

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Pankaj Bikram Nembang becomes new ANFA President, Bir Bahadur Senior Vice Prez

Pankaj Bikram Nembang has won the ANFA Presidential Election defeating his opponent Karma Tsering Sherpa in the 21st ANFA Ordinary Congress 2022 at Hotel Park Village Resort in Kathmandu.

Nembang secured 45 votes to Sherpa’s 39 to secure the next four year term.

Bir Bahadur Khadka won the Senior Vice President election defeating Shixit Parajuli. Khadka secured 44 votes to Parajuli’s 40.

Similarly, Dawa Lama, Birat Jung Shahi, Dipak Khatiwada and Dirgha Bahadur KC won the Vice President election. Lama secured 48 votes, Shahi and Khatiwada won 47 each and KC received 43 votes. They edged past Sundar Narsingh Joshi (41), Upendra Man Singh (37), Bigyan Raj Sharma (37) and Ratna Kumar Shrestha (36).

Sarala Shrestha and Pema Dolma Lama won the Executive Committee members (women) election. Shrestha won 46 votes while Lama had 43 votes. They defeated Bina Shrestha on 40 votes and Bindra Dewan on 39 votes.

Manish Joshi (48), Anil Malla (47), Rabindra Chand (46), Bikash Narayan Shrestha (44), Bhojraj Shahi (44), Mahendra Chhetri (44), Purushottam Thapa (43), Ramesh Byanjankar (43), Maniraj Bista (42), Tika Ram Lama (41) and Bharat Budh Thapa (40) became the members.

Four candidates—Deepak Thapa Chhetri, Rupesh Adhikari, Dipendra Dhimal and Lokendra Gurung—received 39 votes each. The two remaining members of the Executive Committee will be decided in the next ANFA Congress as per the ANFA statute and suggestions from the FIFA and AFC delegates.

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ANFA general congress begins in Kathmandu

The 21st ANFA General Assembly has begun at Hotel Park Village in Kathmandu on Monday.

The assembly will pick new leadership and the executive committee of the football governing body for the next four years.

Incumbent ANFA President Karma Tsering Sherpa and Senior Vice President Pankaj Bikram Nembang are in the fray for the top post.

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ANFA statement on betting claims

All Nepal Football Association's attention has been drawn to accusations of signing a betting-related agreement with a company for betting in football matches organized by ANFA.

We strongly refute such baseless allegations and confirm that ANFA in no way or manner has been involved in betting or has signed any betting-related agreement with any companies or organization.

We would like to inform all that the agreement in question was signed with Empower Sports AG as part of the AFC League Development Programme and the AFC President’s Initiatives platform for direct football broadcasting. The agreement provides the digital rights of football matches organized by ANFA including A, B, and C Divisions, Women’s League, and Qualifiers matches for which the Empower Sports AG provides an agreed-upon fee to ANFA. It is to be noted that an agreement of such nature has been signed with many member associations across Asia.

Empower Sports also provides various technical support other than the agreed-upon fees. As the owner of digital rights, the Empower Sports broadcasts the matches on its digital platform Elevensports; it is because of the agreement and assistance with the Empower Sports that ANFA in recent years has been successful in streaming the majority of its domestic matches on various digital platforms. The betting-related provision in the agreement refers to the use of match-related data by Empower Sports for betting in countries where such betting is legal. It is clear in the wording of the agreement that ANFA is not involved whatsoever in betting. Furthermore, we would like to inform everyone that ANFA does not receive any portion of the revenue generated from betting by Empower Sports.

The agreement with Empower Sports was signed in 2018 and expires in December this year. We have reasons to believe that Elevensports will continue to provide Fifa+ with live matches from member associations from the end of 2022.

ANFA is committed to the development of football in the country. In no way ANFA is involved in violation of any national laws and abides by every rule. We humbly request everyone to make proper fact checks before making any derogatory remarks and accusations. ANFA will make no further comment on the matter.

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