Nepal football controversy: Coach Abdullah Al Mutairi apologises for controversy

Abdullah Al Mutairi, who had repeatedly announced that the recently concluded SAFF Championship would be his last show as the Nepal football coach, says he is now ready to sign a new three-year contract to continue working in Nepal.
File: Abdullah Almutairi wants to change the way Nepal plays football.

Kathmandu, August 2

Nepal football team’s head coach Abdullah Al Mutairi, who had announced his resignation from the position last week owing to a dispute with some members of the All Nepal Football Association, says he apologises for a statement that brought him to the dispute.

In a Facebook post, Al Mutairi said, “Following up with some of my loving and supporting football family in the past few days, I have realised my version caused some wrongly speaking perpetuates, and for that, I am so deeply sorry.”

He, however, clarified, “While speaking about the Nepal national team and its players, my intentions were simply to tell where and how our team Nepal and other Asian nations developed in football in the last three decades.”

During a recent interview, he had said ANFA should change some officials to improve the status of football in the country.

Meanwhile, the national football governing body has asked the Ministry of Youth and Sports to look into the dispute between Al Mutairi and ANFA Senior Vice-President Pankaj Nembang, which made him announce his resignation.

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