News Gaurav Thapa: I have Never Asked Or Forced Anyone To Be Considered For A Post At ANFA.

Son of suspended Ganesh Thapa, Mr. Gaurav Thapa said he had never asked or forced anyone to be considered for a post a ANFA.

Gaurav, former AFC officer, said it was unforunate to clarify issues regarding his appointment.

"Whilst it is very unfortunate that I have to keep clarifying issues directly on social media, there are absolutely no means left as they keep publicly putting out false information to fool people", said Thapa in his long statement.

"In recent days I've seen some very damaging information saying that FIFA & AFC would have issues if I were to be appointed. This is absolutely false and very manipulative. The current President and General Secretary have in this last month repeatedly contacted FIFA and AFC to clarify this. Both of them have been clearly informed that there are absolutely no issues.

"The General Secretary specially has been informed via phone, messages and even in person. He held talks with various AFC officials during his trip to Bangladesh for SAFF meeting as well, where he was clearly informed that there were no issues.

"FYI - I had already worked at ANFA on and off from 2013-2018, most recently as the Head of International Relations under the presidency of Mr. Narendra Shrestha in 2017. I also worked as the FIFA and AFC Match Commissioner during this time. I also completed the AFC Football Administration Certificate Course, which is conducted by AFC specifically designed for individuals for future senior Management roles at Member Associations. It has to be noted that
the current President and General Secretary were the Executive Committee Member and Deputy General Secretary respectively during this time. So they have seen first hand that there are absolutely no issues. I would just like to highlight one instance out of countless others from my last stint at ANFA: the visit of AFC President & AFC General Secretary in 2017 where I was the head of International Relations and attended all the meetings together with AFC and ANFA Delegations.

Further, I was still the Head of International Relations when Mr. Karma Tsering Sherpa won his elections in 2018. However, understanding the uncomfortable situation it could possibly cause to some of the new officials, I had sent my resignation 1 day after the elections to ensure smooth transfer for the new management. This is despite the overwhelming support and request for me to stay. Were there any issues back then or are they now trying to create unnecessary issues to suit their malicious agenda?

"There is absolutely no logic or truth to this narrative and I would obviously not want any part at ANFA should FIFA or AFC have any issues with it. I have never asked or forced anyone to be considered for a post at ANFA. It was the current General Secretary who proposed my name to assist him. I have also held several meetings with the President, Executive Committee Members and General Secretary who have also confirmed there are absolutely no issues whatsoever.

"It is very troubling that despite there being absolutely no issues at FIFA, AFC & ANFA there are still some individuals providing false information to selected media outlets to create chaos in Nepali Football. I was and always will be ready to serve Nepali Football if and when required and never have I ever wanted to be involved in such petty politics. To lie and falsify information directly received from FIFA and AFC and hold Nepali Football hostage is regrettable and

"There are several serious challenges that ANFA are facing currently that have to be resolved urgently and I sincerely believe I am not one of them. Therefore, I request the President and General Secretary to not indulge and waste time and precious ANFA resources in such trivial issues and focus on really pressing issues that is holding Nepali Football back", he further added.

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