Obermann helps build football ground

- Post Report, KATHMANDU

Mar 21, 2015-

Holger Obermann, former All Nepal Football Association (Anfa) technical director, returned to Nepal to fulfil his promise of assisting youth football here.

Upon receiving German Football Ambassador award in 2013—which carried a purse of 3,000 euros—Obermann had announced his intention of utilising the money in constructing a football ground in Nepal. On Friday, he disclosed that he has used all that sum to prepare a ground for Mount Kailash School in Kapan, Kathmandu. Obermann himself will inaugurate the football ground on Saturday. Obermann will also assist in running Youth Programme.

“I am a firm believer that in order to develop football you need to focus on youth,” said the 79-year-old German, who had served Nepali football from 1990-1994 as Anfa technical director. “I utilised the award money to build football ground in school because it will help harness the young talents. I chose Nepal  because I have fond memories here,” said Obermann.

Rajiv Nepali and Rajan Nepali are overseeing the Youth Programme with Obermann serving as technical director. Around 50 students, aged 10-18, are currently benefiting from the programme. Obermann, who ran youth programmes on several parts of the country during his stint in Nepal, said he wishes to take the programme outside the capital in future.

 “You need to focus on youth programmes to lay the foundation for strong senior team,” said Obermann, who is credited to scouting Nepali stars Hari Khadka, Bal Gopal Maharjan and Upendra Man Singh through youth programmes.

Obermann is also credited to providing foreign training for players. He had arranged Khadka and Singh, among others, to train in Germany.

Published: 21-03-2015 11:58

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