Subscribe to RSSTHe Week
Construction for nat'l games to finish in 4 days
Do not entertain illegal Tibetans, says Chinese expert on Tibetology
SRC report to be first discussed in thematic committee
Gupta repeats Madhes may break ties with Kathmandu
SC stays Gachchhadar's citizenship fiat
Govt to bust brokers at Kalimati veg market
Govt, Maoists to be blamed if country blacklisted: UML
My Republica e-Paper.
Phalano by Rajesh KC
Cartoon Archive »  

Republica, Nagarik News
  Daily News
  Photo Gallery
  UCPN (Maoist) 6th Plenum
  Govt Policies & Programs
  Budget 2009/10 Speech
Thursday WEATHER

Low o
High o
Sunrise N/A
Sunset N/A
  Koilapani's league campaign marred by financial crunch  


KATHMANDU, May 24: Koilapani Polestar, the only team from outside the Kathmandu Valley in the history of the Martyrs Memorial A Division Football League, is hard hit by financial crunches. Despite creating a history, the Nawalparasi-based Koilapani is having a hard time at the top-flight league due to ever increasing expenses.

“We are badly hit by financial crisis,” club president Bishnu Adhikari said. “We have sought support from corporate houses, but none have come forward so far.”

Despite submitting their proposal for sponsorship to major corporate houses of the country, some with factories in Nawalparasi, they have yet to get positive response.

Like many other football clubs, Koilapani does not have a permanent income source. “We collected Rs 1.5 million for the recent tournament from individual donors,” treasurer and manager Tara Prasad Bhusal said. Frequent strikes, which forced the organizer All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) to reschedule matches, have aggravated the club´s woes.

“We are forced to consider pulling out of the tournament every other day,” said Bhusal who claimed that the club is providing salary to 17 among 22 registered players during league.

“The sunday´s strike forced the postponement of matches for the fifth time,” Adhikari said, adding, “The daily expense of the team living in the capital is Rs 7,000.”

“If it continues, we will have no other option but to pull out from the tournament,” he added. “Our aim, however, is to play all the matches and stay on top flight league.”

Koilapani squad is sheltered at the Chyasal Hostel of the ANFA Technical Center. They also expressed dissatisfaction with the facilities provided. “The hostel does not even meet the minimum requirements for staying,” frustrated manager Bhusal said. “We don´t have the budget to afford accommodation in a better hotel.”

The hostel lacks beds and drinking water facilities. “We have to collect water from a nearby well and sleep on the floor,” Bhusal said. “We requested ANFA for better facilities but they have turned deaf ear so far.”

The team consists of 10 players from Nawalparasi, five from Rupandehi and seven from PLA Sports Club. Sajan Shrestha is the only member in the squad with previous experience of playing at the Dasharath Stadium.

Club president Adhikari also accused ANFA and match officials of biased behavior toward the low ranking teams. “ANFA maintains double standard toward small clubs. This will hinder football´s development,” he said. “The referees are also unfair with us on occasions.”

“Despite all these hindrances, the club is trying to play good football and remain in the top flight,” Adhikari said. “We want to leave the message that other teams of the districts are also capable of playing top flight football.”

He also held other A Division clubs responsible for the sorry state of smaller clubs. “We asked ANFA to increase the preparation money given to every club, but the so-called big clubs insisted on increasing prize money. The decisions was harsh decision on upcoming teams like ours,” said Adhikari.

Published on 2011-05-24 01:22:23
# # Share [Slashdot] [Digg] [Reddit] [] [Facebook] [Technorati] [Google] [StumbleUpon]



Please give your full name while posting your comments. This is not to stifle the free flow of comments but your full name will enable us to print the comments in our newspaper.


Koilapani's League Campaign Marred By Financial Crunch
Comment on this news #
Related News
More on Sports
About us  |  Contact us  |  Advertise with us  |  Career   |  Terms of use  |  Privacy policy
Copyright © Nepal Republic Media Pvt. Ltd. 2008-10.