Thinley Namgay

Among the four teams from the southern region competing in the current BoB Bhutan Premier League (BPL) 2024, Phuentsholing Heroes FC has kicked off their season with a victory.  

Yesterday in Phuentsholing, Phuentsholing Heroes FC secured a 2-1 victory against BFF Academy FC. The team dominated the first half, leading 2-0 with goals from Ngawang Phuntsho and Ngawang Samten.

In the second half, BFF Academy managed to score a goal, pulling one back through Karan Uroan in the 58th minute.

Phuentsholing Heroes FC enjoyed the advantage of playing at home. The team boasts a mix of foreign players and seasoned local talents in their squad. 

BFF Academy is the sole team in the league without foreign players; its squad primarily consists of young players compared to the other nine participating teams.

Phuentsholing Heroes FC’s head coach, Bikash Pradhan, commented on how the hot weather disrupted the intensity of the game, stating, “Even for the Phuentsholing players, it was difficult to adjust to the weather.”

Bikash Pradhan said that despite BFF Academy’s young squad, they made a commendable effort. However, some spectators noted that while BFF Academy players displayed impressive dribbling and passing skills, they lacked physical strength. 

Of the five foreign recruits on Bikash Pradhan’s team, only three played yesterday. “Two players are currently injured. Their presence will be an added advantage for the team.”

In other matches, Samtse FC drew 2-2 against RTC FC, Daga United FC suffered a 1-6 loss to Paro FC, and Tsirang FC was defeated 1-2 by Transport United FC. 

As of yesterday, Paro FC, Thimphu City FC, Transport United FC, and Phuentsholing Heroes FC have earned three points each.

The match between Paro FC and Transport United FC is scheduled to take place in Paro on May 18. Both teams are recognised for their strength and prowess in the league.

Thus far, Paro FC and Transport United FC have faced off 15 times. Paro emerged victorious in eight of these encounters, while Transport claimed victory in seven. 

The matches between these two teams have consistently been characterised by high levels of intensity and competitiveness.