Thinley Namgay

The national women’s team of Bhutan was set to play two matches against Team Hong Kong at Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu on March 31 and April 3.

However, these games were cancelled by the government.

This would have marked the first time that the Bhutanese women’s team would face Hong Kong, a strong competitor in Asia.

However, the government did not grant clearance for Team Hong Kong to travel to Bhutan.

In addition to abiding by the government’s decision, the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) also issued an apology letter to the Hong Kong team for the cancellation, acknowledging their dissatisfaction.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade has not provided any comment on the matter.

Following the BFF’s announcement of the cancellation on their official women’s team Facebook page, football enthusiasts sought explanations.

Some argued that the outcome of playing against Hong Kong might not significantly impact the team’s performance, considering the strength of the opposition.

Preparations for the matches against Hong Kong had been underway since the previous month.

These games were part of FIFA’s friendlies, which take place worldwide, offering an opportunity for players to engage  and learn from others while gaining valuable match experience.

The matches were intended to provide Bhutanese players with crucial experience ahead of the upcoming 2024 SAFF Women’s Championship.

In previous encounters, Bhutan’s teams have faced against Hong Kong.

For example, in October of last year, the men’s team secured a 2-0 victory against Hong Kong, whereas before that, Hong Kong had defeated Bhutan 4-0 on their home turf.