Aussems in charge of Nepal for six months

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The All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) on Thursday revealed that the newly appointed head coach of the national football team, Patrick Aussems, has been offered a six-month contract targeting the upcoming SAFF Championship and South Asian Games.

"Aussems has been offered six months contract with the view to achieve our target of SAFF Championship and SAG. The contract will come into effect from September 1," ANFA CEO Indraman Tuladhar said at the head coach's first appearance before the media at the ANFA Complex in Satdobato on Thursday.

"Aussems will get US$ 42,000 as salary for six months. He will be paid US$ 24,000 on the day contract begins and US$ 3000 each month. The government of Nepal will pay all his salary," Tuladhar shared. He will get extra bonus of US$ 15,000 if Nepal wins the SAFF Championship title.

The SAFF Championship will be held in December and SAG will be played in February. Both the event will be held in India.

Addressing the press briefing, Aussems said he was here to help the football team develop with his experience. Aussems, a former Belgium international, holds UEFA Diploma Coaching license. He also informed that he was the national team head coach and manager of the Republica of Benin from 2007 to 2009.

Asked if he knew about Nepali football, he said, "I did not know a lot about Nepali football few weeks ago, but when I started to negotiation with Nepal's football association, I started to research about Nepali football," said the 50-year-old, who further informed that he spent 15 years playing professional football in France and Belgium.

"I have about four months to prepare my team. Indeed, I did not know much about Nepali football, but I will learn more day by day. As a player and a coach, I always want to win. Now my biggest priority is to prepare the team for a win."

"Nepal sits 184th in the FIFA rankings. The most important thing is not to say we want to be inside the 100, but to prepare ourselves for the championship in India within four months. And I accept challenge because I am a competitor," he said.

"The players also need to follow my philosophy since a new coach comes with new ideas. I have more than 15 years of experience as a players and then as a coach in big clubs in African and France. I hope I can help the Nepali players grow. I can promise good work. I will be travelling to India to see the friendly on August 31 and it will give me an idea of how they are," he said.