Jul 4, 2017-
In its efforts to strengthen women’s football and bridge the gulf between the departmental and district teams, the All Nepal Football Association (Anfa) has recently called up 44 footballers to train with the departmental outfits.
The players were picked up on the basis of their performance in the 28-team Women’s League Championship held in Syangja and Palpa in late May. Eight footballers were selected from Kailali district followed by six from Rautahat. Five players each from Nawalparasi and Morang and three each from Bardiya and Kathmandu were also selected for the project.
Syangja, Taplejung, Jhapa and Bhojpur have two players each while Banke, Sarlahi, Bara, Chitwan, Sindhupalchowk and Kanchanpur found one players each in the Anfa initiative.
“The training will most probably start from Sunday. Those who turn up for the training will be divided into three groups and will be sent for training at three departmental teams —Tribhuvan Army Club, Armed Police Force and Nepal Police Club,” said Anfa president Narendra Shrestha.
According to Shrestha, the training is part of the football governing body’s plan to strengthen women’s football and bridge the gap in terms of competence between the departmental and non-departmental teams. Departmental teams have been dominating the domestic women’s football, winning their matches against non-departmental teams in national tournaments with huge goal-margin. “The rookies will gain experience and maturity after proper training. Moreover, the talented players will get opportunity for bigger stage,” Shrestha added.
Anfa is planning to trim the number to 30 after a 10-day first phase training. The shortlisted players will undergo another one month training after which each of the three departmental outfits will enroll 10 players each in their squads. After the training, Anfa is planing to organise the President’s Cup in mid-August. The tournament will have six teams—two each from three departmental outfits. The tournament, which will also includes the rookies, will be played at the home and away league format at the grounds of departmental team. But teams from the same departmental side will not clash in the tournament.
Players called for the training will also get Rs 5,000 monthly allowance. The departmental sides will however not be barred from sign new players.
The released players will later compete in the proposed Anfa Women’s National League scheduled for February-March next year. Players will represent their respective regions in the tournament that will feature eight teams—five regional and three departments.