Thinley Namgay

Eleven months after Delhi-based Sudeva FC signed coach Chencho Dorji, Ugyen Dorji, 40, becomes the second Bhutanese coach to be signed by the same club.

Ugyen Dorji was head coach for Bhutan Football Federation’s (BFF) under-18 national team and the head coach of Thimphu-based High Quality United FC.  He is also one of the Asian Football Confederation’s 12 A-licensed football coaches in the country.

He was national team’s defender from 1999 to 2002.

After reporting to the new club on November 2, he will coach the Under-18 and the senior team of Sudeva FC for the contract period of one year.

Ugyen Dorji is from Dagana and has been with the BFF since 2008 at different levels. Between 2008 and 2014, he was the Samtse’s football focal person and has been the head coach for Gelephu Women’s national team (U-14 and U-16) from mid 2014-2017.

“This is an opportunity to pursue my career as a professional coach and to inspire others. Chencho Dorji has already paved the way for Bhutanese coaches and I want to maintain that,” said Ugyen Dorji.

During his tenure as a U-18 men’s national head coach, Bhutan defeated Nepal in SAFF U-18 championship and Bangladesh in AFC qualification match.  “I-league is considered one of the best leagues in India and Asia.  Sudeva FC is participating in I-league this year and I will learn a lot in this new club.”

Ugyen Dorji said that one’s passion, commitment and hard work should not be compromised. “Youth must never misuse opportunities be it in any field.”