14 September 2011

Nepali players headed in the wrong direction

Jagjit Shrestha and Anil Gurung most recently went West to Germany and England respectively to try their luck in European football. Rohit Chand could join them if his paperwork ever gets sorted. With the help of the Nepali diaspora, and sometimes dodgy agents, footballers are increasingly finding new opportunities to play or at the very least go for trials at Western clubs. There is one slight issue however, the Western clubs we are talking about are not Manchester United or Bayern Munich or even Scunthorpe United or 1860 Munich for that matter. They are semi-pro and amateur clubs buried in the deep pyramid structures of European football.

Read the full article at GoalNepal.com


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  2. Assuming that I am a successful home grown player,I would have followed the foot steps of Shrestha, Chand, Gurung and many others,that is seeking greener pastures abroad because of limited opportunities at home.

    Should opportunity (significant/insignificant) come knocking at your door,grab it regardless of consequences.There is no harm in trying out trials even if it means for lesser known (amateur or semi-professional) European clubs.

    In my humble opinion they are in a win,win situation. And not necessarily it has to be top notch clubs.

    Our players who go there for trials are smart enough to realize what to expect and how to cope with the situation.

    You are slightly off the track, and your words clearly does not encourage and support players playing along side part-timers in the likes of carpenters and plumbers who indulge in beer binge,following training sessions.

    Long as they commit and engage themselves in total football,good for them. Eben if they get to play for a club they have to be judgmental and decide their career.

    The national team will never shut the door on them provided they are in good touch and shape. As for Niranjan, it was an isolated case.

    My point is no matter wherever a player goes for trials, he has to weigh in the pros and cons and decide the future course of action for the betterment of his career.

  3. The directors who show the direction are in wrong direction than how can they guide the player

  4. Sushil jee - thank you for your comments. The point of my article is not that they should not go to Europe but that there is a much better alternative close to home.

    As I stated - there is a limited window in a footballers career. They should spend that time climbing the ladder.

    Obviously our footballers have not experienced Europe, so I can fully appreciate their desire/fantasies of playing in Europe.

  5. I agree with the writer.....The thing to ponder is whether the news is true at all or not. With due respect to what he has achieved with Nepali football, I doubt whether Nirajan Rayamajhi kicked a ball at all in Germany or not despite such a media hype when he left for Germany some 7-8 years ago.
    Opportunity, what Sushil ji is saying, should be scrutenized. Generally the opportunities are "ok you buy ur plane tickets, come to Germany or England, there is 'C' team of this fourth-tier club where you will be given chance to train with or play with and if you are worth playing for that team, they will register your name in the squad...." generally the condition works like this so whether we take this as an opportunity for a promising young player or not is debatable. I also think its a waste for football or may be good for the CV and publicity of player as Nepali media is so active they will publish few Koshelis and Friday Supplement on that player.
    But yes, if proper scouting network of the club really shows interests and want to invest on the footballer thinking that he could be a good proporty of the club..then of course its an opportunity, needs to grab it .....@ Lemon Break