Anil highest paid Nepali footballer

source: The Kathmandu Post

31 Oct 2009 - National footballer Anil Gurung became the highest earning player of the country after signing a three-year Rs 6.3 million contract with Indian 'A' division Shillong Lajong Football Club (SLFC). This is the highest salary offered to any Nepali sportsperson so far.

Gurung had earlier tried his luck at England, where he had appeared in trials for the Woking Club.

Saurav Rai of Kalingpong, who is currently based in Kolkata, helped Gurung sign the contract with SLFC after a 15-day trial period.

SLFC signed Gurung up after his good showing at the Governor's Gold Cup in Sikkim, where he had represented Nabil Three Star team of Nepal. Back then, Rai had contacted All Nepal Football Association spokesperson Lalit Krishna Shrestha, who is also the president of Three Star Club, about the ongoing negotiations on Gurung.

In his first year, Gurung, a Pokhara native, will earn Rs. 1.3 million, which will be hiked to Rs. 2 million and Rs. 3 million in the second and third year respectively. SLFC climbed to the ‘A’ division only this year and are currently seventh in the table with 14 Indian clubs.

In the current season, SLFC have won two matches while losing three. Gurung, a product of Sahara Academy of Pokhara, started playing professional football in 2061 BS. He has played for Brigade Boys, MMC, Three Star and NRT Club.

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