Thinley Namgay

Transport United FC (TUFC) has cruised through to the semi-finals of the All India Chief Ministers’ Gold Cup International Tournament 2020 without a loss.

TUFC will play against team Oil India in the semifinals tomorrow at Jorethang stadium in Sikkim, India. The TUFC defeated Punjab FC (PFC) 2-0 in the quarter-finals on January 14.

TUFC dominated the game right from the kickoff. Kinley Dorji headed in Dawa Tshering’s corner kick and snatched the lead in the second minute of the game. Buoyed by the early goal, TUFC hurled more pressure to the opponent, but the chances were wasted. The first half ended 1-0.

The PFC fought well in the second half, but Tenzin Dorji scored in the dying minute of the game to seal the victory 2-0.  Tenzin Dorji was declared as the “Hero of the Match” and awarded a cash prize of INR 10,000.

TUFC also beat team Indian Navy 1-0 at the same stadium on January 10.  Jigdrel Wangchuk for his contributions became the ‘Hero of the Match’ and bagged the INR 10,000 cash prize.

The official Facebook page of the club stated, “Jigdrel’s control over the ball and beating opponents double his size with ease was cheered by the local crowd, who were behind us throughout the game.”

The local teams from Sikkim have been eliminated from the tournament which has helped TUFC as it became favourites with the home support.

TUFC is the runners up of the 2019 BOB Bhutan Premier league.

The team boasts some talented players such as its skipper Dawa Tshering, who won the most valuable player of the 2019 national league, and the former national goalie Hari Gurung.

A total of 14 teams from India, Nepal and Bhutan are participating in the tournament that began on January 5. The finals will be played on January 19.