All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) President Ganesh Thapa has demanded immediate decision from the Legislature-Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) regarding the corruption charges made against him and some office-holders at ANFA.
Organising a press conference at the ANFA Complex in Satdobato, Lalitpur, on Thursday, October 16, 2014, Thapa said the PAC should give its final decision as soon as possible by speeding up its investigations into ‘the real facts’ about alleged corruption at ANFA.
“We are not against the PAC decision to suspend us. However, taking action on the basis of just the preliminary investigations is wrong. If the PAC has found out that any individual was involved in corruptions, then it should name them.”
“We are ready to leave our duties. But the alleged charges should be proved.” says Thapa. “We are ready to support the PAC in its investigations as it can be completed within a week.”
“The present situation has created uncertainty in Nepali football. We cannot take Nepali football ahead in this situation,” Thapa said.
ANFA officials had organised the press meet on the back of PAC directives sent to the Ministry of Youth and Sports on Monday to suspend, within three days, Thapa and other ANFA office-bearers for two months.
The officials facing corruption charges are still performing their regular duties saying that they are yet to receive any official letter about their suspension.
Concurring Thapa, ANFA vice-president Lalit Krishna Shrestha said they [ANFA officials] were ready to face punishment if they were found guilty of having committed the alleged corruption.
This situation will also distract the positive path of Nepali football, along with hampering the national and clubs players, Shrestha said. “The suspension is against the policy.”
Similarly, ANFA general secretary Dhirendra Pradhan asked what would happen if the investigations proved that the accusations were baseless. “If the charges against us aren’t not proven, what then? If the government fails to take action against those who filed the case, ANFA will be forced to take action against them,” he said.