Thinley Namgay

Daga United FC, a newcomer in the ongoing Pepsi Bhutan Premier League (BPL) Qualifiers, is on the top of the league with 11 points after five games.

Daga United is also the only team that has not lost a game as of yesterday. Of the five games played, the team won three and drew two.

Many say the experienced coach of Daga United as the reason behind the success so far besides  the talented squad. The team hired former Thimphu City FC’s coach, Nagwang Dendup, who has a good track record of bringing the best out of a team.

Coach, Nagwang, is optimistic to book a place for the BPL 2024.

Daga United drew against Phuentsholing Heroes FC 1-1 yesterday in Phuentsholing in a highly contested match.

The first half witnessed a goalless draw. Daga’s Adinis found the net in the 80th minute; however, the opponent equalised through Martins in the dying minutes of the game.

The highly anticipated Pepsi League has been ongoing in six different venues across the country starting early this month.

Eight teams are competing for the remaining four spots in the upcoming 2024 BPL. The participating teams are Namlha FC, Thimphu Raven FC, Tsirang FC, Samtse FC, Daga United FC, Southern City FC, Ugyen Academy FC, and Phuentsholing Heroes FC.

All the teams view the ongoing league as an opportunity to qualify for the highest league in the country and also raise the name of their clubs and players. Except for Daga United, all other teams have featured in past editions of the Pepsi League.

The best four teams from the Pepsi league will face last year’s BPL top six teams—Paro FC, Thimphu City FC, Transport United FC, RTC FC, Druk Lhayul FC, and Tensung FC in the 2024 BPL.

Except for Ugyen Academy FC, all other teams hired  three to four foreign players. Thimphu Raven FC will face Samtse FC today in Thimphu.

The tournament will end on April 6.