12 August 2011

An apology

1994, the last time Nepal won a South Asian tournament
I apologize for believing in the potential of Nepali football and holding it to very high standards. I feel we are capable of a lot more than just beating the likes of Afghanistan and East Timor and one of our national team players going for trials with a 6th division English semi-pro club.

From now on I will do my best to temper my optimism and learn from our wise and pragmatic soccer officials about Nepal's limitations and insurmountable challenges in domestic and international football.

4 comments:

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  2. Keep your faith Biplav Ji,

    I am novice when it comes to Nepali or any other country soccer scene. But I do want Nepali soccer (business) to be like that in England or other
    European countries, meaning huge crowds, parties, and lots of money for players, clubs, owners, etc.

    Generally speaking, (my view) Nepal's legal system is not amenable to entrepreneurship and investment. In some sense, the society kind of condemns profit motive, and it reflects in the laws of the land. Particularly in the field of sports (music had that feeling too), society feels a person gets into it as a hobby and interest, and they should just play for the pride and glory, rather than for money.
    This is just my view. Do you feel that way?

    When comparing Nepali with the above mentioned countries, I am wondering if there are legal or other such limitations (imposed by government, ANFA,
    etc powers that be) that the clubs are facing which hinder their growth? Do you see any such restrictions for existing and would be sports entrepreneur
    to try to make a business out of Nepali soccer?

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  3. Thanks for your opinions stockpicker. In Nepal sports is no different than other sectors where you have to go through lots of bureaucratic hurdles to get anything done. On the flip-side the government is not very strict about taxes and standard regulations when it comes to sports, so sports clubs and associations can get away with things that a normal business could not.

    I agree with you regarding sports and money. Certainly in Nepal sports is looked at as a hobby and profiting from it legally is sinful. That is why you do not really see any sports agents or consulting firms in Nepal. The irony is that profiting from sports illegally which most of our sports officials do is somehow accepted and even revered.

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  4. i agree with you regarding sports & money but in nepal they die for football but they never gets so so. i have a web site for football fan.http://www.vidfootie.com/

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