The league ends on October 2

Thinley Namgay  

As the ongoing BoB Bhutan Premier League enters its final week of the season, the race to the top is between two former champions — Thimphu City FC (defending) and Paro FC. 

With 42 points, the Cityzens are on the top of the table, a point ahead of the Tigers, as of yesterday. While Thimphu City have one final game to play, Paro FC have two.  

Observers say the match on October 2 at Woochu Sports Arena in Paro would decide the victors of the tournament. The Tigers will host Cityzens in the final game of the season in Paro. The two teams shared a point each (1-1) when they last met in June.

In the meantime, the Tigers will take on Gelephu FC in their home ground today. Despite the home advantage, should Paro FC lose against the visitors, they will still be in the race for the championship. However, Paro FC would then have to win against Thimphu City on October 2. A draw or win for Thimphu FC will be enough to retain the championship. 

Paro FC’s head coach, Puspalal Sharma said: “For now, we are focused on our game against Gelephu FC. However, we are definite that we are going for the big match against Thimphu City FC, and it would be an all-out battle for both the teams.”

He said that the draw between Thimphu City and Transport United was an opportunity for his team and that he was expecting a win against Gelephu. “If Paro defeats Gelephu, my team just has to manage a draw against City.” 

The winner and runners-up of the season will be awarded a cash prize of Nu 2 million (M) and Nu 0.8M, respectively.

City’s Skipper, Tshering Dorji, said that the team has time to prepare for the final game. “We will be fully prepared.” 

Transport United is in third place with 38 points, followed by High Quality with 34 points.