Thinley Namgay  

The reigning champions Paro FC got off to a wonderful start in the 2022 BoB Bhutan Premier League (BPL) as they humbled Thimphu-based hosts FC Takin 8-1 yesterday at the Changlimithang Stadium.

It was an easy game for Paro FC. Five goals from newly signed veteran Japanese international striker Kazuo Homma and former Kerala Blasters striker Chencho Gyeltshen’s hat trick forced FC Takin to submission.

The visitors grabbed an early lead through Kazuo Homma’s goal eight minutes into the game.  Kazuo Homma slotted from close range following an assist from Kabi Raj Rai.

Four minutes later Paro FC doubled the lead when Chencho Gyeltshen headed in the corner kick. Kazuo Homma scored his brace in the 29th minute and the first half ended 3-0 for Paro FC.

FC Takin returned stronger in the second half and pulled back a goal in the 48th minute through striker Sonam Yoezer.  However, Paro responded quickly and went on to score five more goals. Kazuo Homma added three more goals and Chencho scored two.

The newcomers held 48 percent of the ball in the first half, but couldn’t maintain the pace in the next half as they couldn’t match the Tigers both technically and tactically.

The Changlimithang Stadium was lively and packed with audiences yesterday. “We want a goal from Chencho,” a group of youth chanted throughout the game.

Meanwhile, Thimphu City FC won against RTC FC 1-0 in the opening match on August 13.  The Cityzens’ lone goal in the dying minutes of the game came from Karma Shedrup Tshering.

The 2022 Coronation Cup champions Druk Lhayul FC will face BFF Academy FC tomorrow at 6pm at Changlimithang Stadium.