Kathmandu, February 28
The government of Japan has decided to provide financial assistance of USD 71,581, equivalent to approximately Rs 7.4 million, to the All Nepal Football Association.
The grant will be used for the construction and improvement of facilities at Satdobato football stadium under the Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots(GCGP) project and Japan’s ‘Sport for Tomorrow’ initiative.
“This gesture matters a lot to us and I am grateful to the government of Japan for assisting us. As we are reconstructing our national stadium, this financial assistance will help us improve facilities in the ANFA complex which currently hosts international matches,” said Narendra Shrestha, President of ANFA.
Masashi Ogawa, Ambassador of Japan to Nepal, and Dhirendra Kumar Pradhan, General Secretary of ANFA, signed and exchanged the memorandum of understanding for the grant today.
ANFA says it will also use the grant to renovate the players’ locker room and furnish the technical training room and office space. It will also build toilet facilities for the audience and fans within the stadium premises.
Upgrading of facilities at Satdobato will add to the convenience of sportswomen and men and will also contribute toward improving ANFA’s services and training programme, the national football governing body claims.