By a Staff Reporter
Kathmandu – Pankaj Bikram Nembang has been elected the new president of All Nepal Football Association (ANFA). Nembang defeated outgoing president Karma Chiring Sherpa by a margin of six votes during the election held on the occasion of the 21st general assembly of the football governing body. The election was held at Park Village, Budhanilkantha.
Nembang has been elected for a four-year term.
Nembang secured 45 votes against 39 by his rival Sherpa. Independent candidate Rajiv Raj Poudyal received zero vote out of 84 cast during the election.
Upon being elected the president of ANFA, Nembang pledged to work for improve the relations between ANFA and district chapters as well as with players, FIFA and AFC.
Nembang added that the dispute between the players and the coach will be resolved through the first meeting of the new executive committee.
“We will hold discussions on the report prepared by the probe committee and resolve the issue by taking all sides into confidence,” said Nembang.
Likewise, Nembang also pledged to resolve the dispute related to NSL after holding discussions with stakeholders.
Four years ago, both Nembang and Sherpa were elected from the same panel. While Sherpa was elected the president during the last election, Nembang was elected vice president with majority votes. The executive committee meeting later handed him the responsibilities of senior vice president. Both Sherpa and Nembang were together when they struggled for a long time to bring reforms within ANFA with the slogan ‘Change ANFA’.
Although the two worked hand-in-hand for a long time, the relations between Nembang and Sherpa soured when they bagged the top posts of ANFA.