Print Edition - 2016-01-03 | Sports
Aussems walks out on his contract
- Criticises football governing body for lacking professionalism
Jan 3, 2016-
Nepal’s national football team coach Patrick Aussems said he would not renew his contract with the All Nepal Football Association (Anfa).The football governing body had hired the Belgian for six months in September. With two months still left in his contract, he took to social networking site Twitter on Sunday lashing out at the football governing body. Aussems, who failed to lift Nepal beyond the group stage of the Saff Championship, tweeted: “I have given to Anfa’s board my plans to develop Nepali football but not any feedback!!! So I will not renew my contact.”Earlier he had also tweeted: “Lack of professionalism, no vision for the future, no development project … What a pity for these young talented players !!!.” Aussems had guided a new-look Nepali squad consisting of young faces claiming he was preparing a team for the future. After an early exit from the Saff Championship in India, Aussems had apparently told his players: “You don’t have to be upset. I am confident that your future is bright.”
But his tweets on Sunday has created an uncertainty over who will look after the Nepali team for the upcoming 12th South Asian Games to be held in India from February 6-16. After returning from Kerala, the former Belgian international left for France in a family visit but has not clearly informed Anfa about his tour details.
Aussems’ contract runs until February but it is not sure whether he will return to Nepal or not. He was previously said to be preparing for January 8-20 Bangabandhu Cup in Bangladesh but the team will now be looked after by home grown coaches Upendra Man Singh and Bal Gopal Maharjan.
Aussems had never hinted at leaving Nepal during the Saff Championship. He had rather appreciated the performance from Nepali youngsters and took the responsibility for early exit. He had also assured that his boys will come up with better performance in future tournaments.
Anfa Chief Executive Officer Indra Man Tuladhar claimed it has not received any written plans from Aussems but didn’t rule out an oral discussion on the programmes to develop Nepali football.“There is still time left in his contract and I think he had only told that he was not renewing it,” said Tuladhar. Aussems had wanted to talk about his extension with Anfa before the Saff Championship but the football governing body said his stay will depend on Nepal’s performance in India.
Aussems had toured Dubai before Saff Championship and it is rumoured that he has struck a deal with a local club. By not extending his contract, Aussems will now be labelled as Nepal’s most unsuccessful coach in terms of results. Nepal lost all three matches under Aussems. Under him, Nepal played against Bangladesh (friendly) losing 1-0 before going down to Sri Lanka (1-0) and India (4-1) in the Saff Championship
Published: 03-01-2016 09:16