Wednesday, June 19

Goalkeeper Thakuri leaves training camp to avoid dispute

By a staff Reporter

Kathmandu – Bhavindra Malla Thakuri, who was undergoing training with the national football team, left the training camp saying that he did not want to get involved in dispute.

Thakuri, who serves in the Indian Army, was called for the closed camp training for the upcoming AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.

It may be noted that 10 players had recently left the camp following a dispute with chief coach Abdullah Al Mutairi. ANFA has formed a probe committee to investigate the issue. Captain-cum-goalkeeper Kiran Chemjong, who is currently outside the country, has also sided with the players. It is not yet certain whether he will join the closed camp training or not.

Thakuri was called for the training from India after the chief coach’s second choice goalkeeper Bikesh Kuthu expressed his inability to join the training camp. However, Thakuri left the camp within days after joining the training. After Thakuri left the training camp, chief coach is now left with three choices for goalkeepers including Deep Karki, Bishal Sunar and Abhishek Baral.

Thakuri announced his decision to quit the training through a Facebook post on Saturday.

“Nobody wants to get involved in dispute, especially in sports. I don’t want to get messed up in dispute. Sometimes you have to take a crucial decision which will be helpful in future career. When I had to choose between a good future and the politics of Nepali football I decided to choose the future of my family. My best wishes for the AFC qualifiers. Jaya Nepal,” Thakuri wrote on Facebook.

In another post on Sunday, he wrote that the Indian Army denied him permission to go to another country and that he couldn’t leave his job by jeopardizing his 10-year career.

Urging the concerned authorities not to drag him in controversy, he said there are hundreds of goalkeepers in Nepal.

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