Thinley Namgay

Paro FC (Tigers) clinched the 2023 BoB Bhutan Premier League (BPL) title with three games in hand, securing their third consecutive victory and fourth championship since the club’s inception in 2018.

Demonstrating consistent skills, endurance, and confidence, the team achieved a flawless record, winning all 15 games played as of yesterday and amassing 45 points with an impressive goal difference of 56.

Paro FC is scheduled to face Thimphu City FC (City) today at Changlimithang Stadium for their 16th match. Despite City holding the second position with 38 points, they cannot surpass Paro even if they win their two remaining games.

Attributing their success to strategic team building, shrewd recruitment, and a commitment to professional coaching, Paro FC’s head coach, Puspalal Sharma, praised the club’s management for fostering team cohesion. “This environment allows players to complement each other’s strengths, contributing to the development of a robust squad.”  

Puspalal Sharma said: “The success of Paro FC can also be attributed to our astute recruitment strategy, focusing on securing players whose skills align with the team’s overall objectives.”  

He added that the management’s talent identification has not only added depth to the squad but has also enhanced the team’s overall performance.

Puspalal highlighted the coaching staff’s professional approach, contributing to the development of players’ skills and tactics. “Our commitment to continuous improvement and a methodical training regimen have undoubtedly contributed to our sustained success in the BoB BPL.”

President Karma Jigme believes that the synergy among the club’s players, technical staff, and management has not only elevated the team to unprecedented heights in Bhutanese football but has also positioned them as a beacon of hope for Bhutanese football.

Jigme emphasised that foreign recruits like Evans, Florent, Dangm, and Kazuo, blending with local talents, created the winning formula for the Tigers. “The team’s defense, captained by Kinley Wangchuk, conceded the fewest goals in the League.”

Captain Kinley Wangchuk expressed determination to win the last three matches, aiming to be the first team in BPL history to maintain a clean sheet. He said, “The opponents were strong, but we worked hard. We had good training based on the opponents’ game tactics.”

Kinley Wangchuk commended the management for their unwavering support in terms of facilities, diet, and moral and professional assistance. “We are also amazed by the support of our fans.”