The All Nepalese Football Association (ANFA) has revealed that it harbours hope of the national team lifting the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship in its own backyard and thereby making the entire nation proud of their achievement.
Nepal hosts the eighth edition of the Championships, which begins on Saturday, 31st of August. India is the current holder of the coveted trophy.
ANFA President Ganesh Thapa emboldened the view he and countless others shared at a recently held press conference at the Dasharath Stadium.
"We have hopes similar to the Nepali fans who expect the Nepali team to lift the championship,” elucidated Thapa, to tabloid myrepublica, adding, “We have made the preparations accordingly as the national team trained under a foreign coach. We also went on a three-week Gulf tour to prepare for the event.”
To this effect the ANFA have announced that conditioned to Nepal winning the SAFF tournament, each player will receive a life-long benefit of INR 6300 per month. It must be remembered that Thapa jousted similarly in the previous edition of the tournament.
As part of common directives, ANFA also begged the fans to behave themselves and maintain decorum during the tournament. Nepalese spectators often have a habit of hurling objects at the opposition and match officials, deemed unsportsmanlike.
“It is a prestige issue for ANFA to host the tournament successfully. Nepal may not get the opportunity to host international tournaments in future if the fans resort to hooliganism,” enunciated a resolute Thapa, mirroring his organization’s thoughts on the issue.
“We request the political parties not to call strikes as this would tarnish Nepal´s reputation at the international level,” pleaded Thapa also.
As far as developmental issues go, the tournament is expected to rack up a total cost of INR thirty five million for the Nepalese FA. The government has provided a total of four million as support funds while the SAFF has provide INR 42 million for the tournament. Apart from this, the prize money awarded to the winners is about INR two-and-a-half million. These figures are as per the estimates of ANFA’s general secretary, Dhirendra Pradhan.
ANFA will have to boot the transport, accommodation and allowances for teams as well as transport, accommodation for match officials, according to Pradhan.
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