|Native name||गणेश थापा|
|Born||October 9, 1960|
the All Nepal Football Association
Ganesh Thapa (Nepali: गणेश थापा) is an ex president of the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA). He was formerly the president of the South Asian Football Federation and the vice president of Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
Thapa is the younger brother of Kamal Thapa.
Before becoming the president of ANFA, Thapa was a national football player. He also played in the Bangladesh team.
Changes to the Nepali football made under Thapa
- Started the already stopped ANFA Martyr's Memorial A-Division League
- Created ANFA Youth Academy
- Gave special focus to youth football
- Tried to make Nepali Football League system more professional
- No development for 2 decades (20 years).
- Uncertainty of players future
Alleged corruption case
Following the corruption case of Mohammed bin Hammam, The Associated Press revealed that Thapa received an illegal gift of $100,000 from Bin Hammam in 2009. The money was deposited into the personal bank account of Gaurav Thapa (Ganesh Thapa's son).
Thapa later claimed that he borrowed the money for his personal use, and such a revelation would not tarnish the image of Nepal and Nepali football.
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- "Ganesh Thapa retains ANFA presidency". Nepal News. Mercantile Communications. 8 September 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2010.[dead link]
- Sri Lanka Football Federation
- "Ganesh Thapa no longer SAFF president". República Sports. Nepal Republic Media. 4 October 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
- "Ganesh Thapa says he'd borrowed fortune from bin Hammam". The Himalayan Times. 21 July 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- "Ganesh Thapa's son "got USD 100000 from bin Hammam"". The Himalayan Times. 21 July 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- "Bin Hammam received 30 days suspension over corruption case". The Republic. Retrieved 27 July 2012.[dead link]
- "Ganesh Thapa: Ten-year ban for Nepal FA president". bbc.com. BBC. 16 November 2015. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
- "Fifa bans Nepal FA president Ganesh Thapa for 10 years over bribery". The Guardian. 2015-11-16. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
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