YK Poudel

With the installation of four floodlight towers at Samtse Artificial-Turf football ground, football enthusiasts now have an option of playing matches and training at night as well.

Inaugurated on April 8, the floodlights were installed by Bhutan Football Federation.

According to the Samtse throm Ngotshab, Som Kumar Pradhan, the artificial turf has revived interest among the residents in the town. “We are witnessing footballers and residents playing under the floodlight at night.”

Samtse FC General Secretary, Ngawang Nidup said that the club is excited about the facility. “It is difficult for the players to train and play matches during daytime under the scorching sun. However, we can play at night as well now.”

Samtse FC players now have scheduled training time every morning and evening.

An official from Samtse Dzongkhag Sports Association said that more matches will be hosted over time and train the dzongkhag team for upcoming national tournaments. “The association is planning to charge Nu 4,500 a match.”

“The much-anticipated wait has brought enthusiasm among the players and is expected to give new lease of life to the growth of football in the dzongkhag,” the official said.

The floodlight installation project worth Nu 5.9 million was started last month.

This is the third turf ground with floodlight after Thimphu and Tsirang supported by BFF.