… Team captain Deki Lhazom scored all goals 

Thinley Namgay 

Bhutan’s under-20 (U-20) women’s football team thrashed Mongolia 4-0  yesterday in the last game of the AFC U-20 Women’s Asian Cup Qualifiers in Jordan.

Bhutan dominated the match and played confidently with much-improved pass precision and teamwork.

In the 27th minute, Deki Lhazom broke the deadlock when she scored from inside the box following an assist from Yeshi Choden. She scored again in added time. The first half ended 2-0 for Bhutan.

In the 51st minute, Deki Lhazom dribbled all the way from near the centre of the field, past all the defenders and scored. She added another in the 67th minute.

Skipper and striker Deki Lhazom besides scoring four goals also created chances for her teammates.

Bhutan is placed in group D against Lebanon, Mongolia and Jordan. Thirty-one countries played in the qualifiers starting March 8 in the different host nations. Lebanon qualified for the next round from Group D.

In the earlier games, Bhutan lost 0-1 to Jordan and 2-6 to Lebanon.

Bhutan’s coach, Karma Dema said that the girls have played better games in the Asian Cup Qualifiers compared to SAFF Championship in Bangladesh.

She said that it could be due to better training. “I am overwhelmed by their performance. They improved a lot. We didn’t encounter any injury this time.”