Thinley Namgay  

Green Taras Women FC will face Druk Girls in the first semifinal of the ongoing Thimphu Women’s Open Football Championship 2022 at the Changlimithang Stadium today.

The knockout round of the second edition of the championship begins from today.

Green Tara’s captain, Tshering, said that her team consists of a wide range of individuals from coaches to former national players to students to housewives. “When we formed this team, we didn’t intend to win because most of our players left playing football after many years.”

Tshering said it is more important for the team to encourage women to engage in football.

“However, experiences of individuals and team spirit made us reach the semifinals. Now our hope is after the trophy. We are glad and proud of our team and we will work hard for the trophy,” she said.

The eight clubs are divided into a pool of four teams each and the league round ended on July 21.

Green Taras topped the pool A with nine points by winning all the three games played in the league. Panchali Women FC is in second place with six points.

With seven points from three games, United Ladies won from the pool B. Druk Girls stood second with four points.

Druk Girls’ captain, Kesang Tshomo, said: “Druk Girls gave the best and aspire to win.”

United Ladies will play against Panchali Women FC tomorrow. The final is scheduled for July 26.

Organised by the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF), the competition is to foster women’s participation in football.

The tournament began on July 7.