Despite uncertainty over his future, Al Mutairi asks ANFA to call up 26 players

File: Nepal football team's head coach Abdullah Al Mutairi. during a training session
File: Nepal football team’s head coach Abdullah Al Mutairi. during a training session

Kathmandu, August 9

Nepal’s football coach Abdullah Al Mutairi has asked the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) to call up 26 players for a friendly match later in the year.

He has asked ANFA to call up the players despite the uncertainty over his future.

An ANFA committee had told Nepali football’s governing body to find a replacement for Al Mutairi following his dispute with 10 senior players of the national team in April.

Al Mutairi, who is currently in Kuwait, has only included two of the 10 players that left camp in April – Anjan Bista and Tej Tamang. He has also told ANFA he wants his old coaching staff.

This comes as a shock to ANFA, which is yet to hear from Al Mutairi on the report prepared by the committee that asked ANFA to replace him.

“He’s not answered the questions sent to him by the general secretary. Instead, he’s sending us things he wants us to do. This is very wrong,” said a source from ANFA.

The list includes 20 players that went to take part in the Asian Cup Qualifiers in Kuwait.

An ANFA source told Onlinekhabar that this would be addressed in ANFA’s next executive committee meeting.

“It’s likely that a final decision will be made on Al Mutairi’s future,” said the source.

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