Sherpa elected ANFA President
By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, May. 6
Karma Tsering Sherpa has been elected president of All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) in the capital on Saturday.
Karma and his entire panel won the election at the 16th General Assembly of ANFA held at Heritage Garden, Patan, Lalitpur. Along with Sherpa, 4 vice-presidents and 11 members of his panel won the election.
The Himalayan Sherpa Club president Sherpa received 63 votes while his opponent Mani Kunwar got only 12 votes in the election. Despite filing his candidacy, Kunwar did not participate in the ANFA Congress today citing that the election was held by breaching statute of the nation’s football governing body.
Sherpa and his panel members rejected Kunwar’s statement stating that the rival team withdrew from the contest after coming to realise that they would suffer certain defeat.
After being elected president of the football governing body, Sherpa said all the voters had voted for the change in ANFA as his panel’s election slogan was “Change ANFA”.
“We have won the election despite facing huge challenges and odds.”
“We will be working for the rights of national players and we will give our best for ensuring comfortable life style for players in the future. We have to undertake important tasks for developing Nepali football,” Sherpa said after winning the president’s post.
Sherpa had earlier rebelled against the now disgraced ANFA President Ganesh Thapa accusing Thapa of running ANFA as his personal property.
The four vice presidents of the Sherpa panel who were elected are: Pankaj Nembang (61 votes), Upendra Man Singh (58), Krishna Thapa (52) and Bir Bahadur Khadka (39).
Similarly, Birat Jung Shahi (33), Sunil Sumsher Rana (24), Mohammad Samiullah (15) and Ganesh Chand (5) who belonged to the Kunwar panel lost the elections for vice-presidents.
Ganesh Chand belonging to the Kunwar panel and who had few days ago moved the court seeking stay order for the elections, did not take part in the election and Congress on “ moral ground.”
Out of a total 77 votes, 76 votes were cast. Two votes became invalid.
In the election, representatives from 45 districts, 14 “A” Division Clubs, 9 “B” Division Club, 4 “C” Division Club and 4 internal committees of ANFA cast votes as they are the ones having voting rights in the ANFA Congress.
As the Sherpa panel emerged stronger to win the elections Sherpa competitor Mani Kuwar decided to withdraw from the contest citing the election was being held breaching ANFA statute.
At a press meet held Friday, Kunwar said that he had withdrawn from the contest because the election was illegal.
Dawa Lama, Niroj Khadgi, Purnaman Chitrakar, Rabindra Nath Shrestha, Madhusudan Upadhyaya, Pradesh Singh Rathor, Dinesh Byanjankar, Dirgha Bahadur KC, Kiran Rai, Bijay Ghale and Ratna Kumar Shrestha have been elected as executive members. Pemba Lama was elected unopposed from women’s category.