- Published on Thursday, 18 December 2014 18:46
After being cold-shouldered by All Nepal Football Association (ANFA), Friends Club players, who have been demanding payment of their outstanding salaries, submitted a written appeal to the Nepal National and International Players Association (NNIPA) in Tripureshwar on Monday.
Claiming that the club, which finished eighth in the previous Martyrs Memorial A Division League, has been turning a deaf ear to their frequent appeal for payment of outstanding salaries and that ANFA too was reluctant to help them, footballers Bishnu KC, Santosh Tamang, Deepak Gurung and Deepak Bhushal submitted the letter to NNIPA -- an association working for the welfare of players. They have requested the NNIPA to help them get their salaries.
Previously they had approached ANFA but they lost faith in the football governing body after waiting for almost four months.
"We have yet to receive our salaries for at least nine months," said Bishnu, who had signed a two-year contract with the club that closed down in mid-April.
"I was supposed to receive Rs 24,000 per month. So they still need to pay me Rs 216,000. But this is the least we are demanding. We were supposed to get money during the last season as well. But we would satisfy ourselves if we get our nine months´ salary."
Along with four players, Arjun Subba, Buddha Lama and Sushant Tamang had also submitted a written appeal to ANFA. "ANFA was reluctant to heed our appeal saying it was taking action against the club," said Bishnu.
Apart from Friends, three other top flight clubs Himalayan Sherpa and Saraswoti and had decided to boycott tournaments organized by ANFA by forming a Football Club Coordination Committee (FCCC) unless the association provided them prize and preparation money, due from the last season.
On the other hand, ANFA had warned of action against clubs for being part of FCCC. The clubs have not participated in any tournaments recognized by ANFA since.
Deepak Gurung, Santosh and Deepak Bhushal have stated in the appeal that they owe Friends Rs 280,000, Rs 225,000 and Rs 405,000 each respectively.
Friends president Ratna Sumsher Rana had previously said that the club was reeling under financial crisis as it was yet to receive money from ANFA and its sponsors.