National team told to improve

Football: After losing to Qatar by one of the highest margins during the World Cup qualifiers on September 3, the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) is now exploring measures to enhance the performance of the team.

Needless to say, the physical dominance of the Qatari players over the Bhutanese national team was crystal clear not only to the players on the filed but also to the thousands watching them on screen.

During a meeting between the team and the federation’s officials yesterday, strategies on improving the physical competency of the players while playing against stronger teams was discussed.

BFF president Ugen Tshechup Dorji highlighted the importance of physical control during a match. He said that the players need to build themselves in order to stand up against the physically superior opponents in the near future.

The president also suggested that a proper diet and gym routines be provided to the players. He said that if need be the federation should sign a contract with local gyms in the country.

One of BFF officials said that the federation is looking to set up a gymnasium for the players and hire professional trainers to guide and train them.

The president and officials also discussed the Japanese coach’s approach in handling the national squad. Acknowledging the coach’s contributions towards the team the president said that he has his own idea of training with the team but somehow his idea is not working well with the Bhutanese players.

Team manager Hishey Tshering said that because of the limited time the coach had spent with the team, he’s not able to understand their motive. “We’ve not been able to clearly inform him what we need from our team. We need to tell him the motive of our team,” he said.

The president said that the Japanese coach has his own style of training. He said the coach is responsible for the technical and tactical know-how of the game but that he needed to provide the players with more physical trainings to build their physical strength.

“Strength exercise is an integral part of the training,” said Ugen Tshechup Dorji.

During the meeting the federation also discussed on increasing the number of training sessions for the squad. The number of training sessions the national team undergoes is also comparatively less than what most other international teams follow. Currently the national team practices twice a week mainly because of the on going national league.

Younten Tshedup

3 replies
  1. thoughtboy
    thoughtboy says:

    This message is to our National Coach. U know everything but let me also make my observation . As a very enthusiastic football fan i am very much disappointed with the performance of our national team especially against Qatar..and i would like to lay down my few observation
    1.The qatar boys looked like tiger where as our boys looked like cats in front of them. Football is not always about training in ground,our boys need to build up their physique too. They were pushed and tumbled so easily. Instead of free entry to space34 and other pubs , they need to be given free entry to gym classes and become physically strong ..that is first step.

    2. The crosses are too easy for opponents .Our two side backs are never seen in line with the opposition winger and are always left by attacking winger. If they are to play like an attacking side backs then clearly tactics is not working….
    I think the boys misunderstood the role of side attacking defender…when opposition has ball they have to be in their line with two central defenders and only go for attack when their team has possession and that’s when defensive mid fielders need to little bit drop down and keep possession because we cannot loose possession when our two side backs are attacking…

    3. All our boys looks like a static one station guy…and thus the obvious moves are always cancelled by opposition defender…I think nobody got this point…Do u see volleyball, i mean international matches. when a ball is tossed up there are almost all players jumping at same time to smash the ball. So my point is football is all about making right movement in pitch. Only one obvious player next to the player in possession is seen moving and he is easily marked, so therefore movement should be from more players to create diversions and ultimately create space in attacking area..
    4. we have had so many potential players in our countries and but somehow in the middle of their career they are not seen playing when they reach their mid 20s . The reason being most of the time they become Gang leaders in Thimphu from my first hand experience and thus we have always had teenagers squad in our country from Eons. So this message is to BFF( and to the players) to groom up this boys and and not loose them cos they have huge potentials if they are disciplined.

  2. amrithdiary
    amrithdiary says:

    While we are grateful to the Japanese coach for his contributions so far, we would like to have a national coach who can sync with all the players better. We really need somebody who can make right decisions at critical times for the national team. I believe our boys could have done better. During the match with Qatar, our team could have played defensive rather than attempting to score one goal…And the worse part is that the team did not change its strategy even after the first half-time… Whatever it is, I still appreciate the efforts and dedication of our Dragon Boys!

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