Thinley Namgay 

Paro United Women’s FC and Phuentsholing United FC settled for a 1-1 draw in the ongoing Bhutan Women’s National Football Championship yesterday at the Ugyen Academy’s ground in Punakha.

This is the first major women football tournament amid Covid-19 pandemic.

Paro United’s mid-fielder Dechen scored in the first half of the game which ended 1-0. However, the opponent equalised in 61st minute through Kezang Cheki from the spot.

Paro United’s had a better chance to win the game as the club enjoyed seven shots with 10 corner kick opportunities. Phuentsholing could manage only one shot and one corner kick.

Eight matches have been played as of yesterday.

Organised by Bhutan Football Federation (BFF), Bhutan Women’s National Football Championship is the highest professional football competition among women clubs from different dzongkhags.

Ten teams from eight dzongkhags- Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Wangdue, Mongar, Pemagatshel, Samdrupjongkhar, and Chukha, are competing at the centralised venue at the Ugyen Academy’s ground in Punakha.

BFF’s Competition Officer, Kinley Dorji said that the teams from Trashigang and Samtse couldn’t participate in the championship. “Due to this, BFF had to adjust two teams each from Thimphu and Paro. We are keeping the players in hotels.”

He said that BFF was conducting the tournament with strict compliance to health protocols. Spectators are not at the 21-days league-cum- knockout tournament.

Wangdue Women’s FC will face Pemagatshel Women’s  FC today.