Paro United’s home ground in Shaba is located a few kilometres away from Paro town. It has a look of a pastureland with cattle grazing. This is where BoB National League’s home matches of  Paro United is happening.

Ground preparation delays the kickoff by 18 minutes.

General Secretary of Paro United, B.B Subbha, said the preparation and maintenance of the pitch could not be constant because of the international break. “We maintained the ground for the previous match and thought the  pitch lines would be in good condition. We don’t own this ground. Maintaining the ground for every game involves lots of expenditure. Unlike other clubs, we don’t have proper facilities and infrastructure here.”

The match is the last game for both the teams.  Transport United, after deciding their championship fate at Punakha, reached Paro to prove their aim to end the championship undefeated.

The players struggle to control the balls. They have only two things to do, pass the long ball and hit the net. Dawa Tshering’s opener in the first half gives Transport United a comfortable lead.

Paro United, fifth on the league table, comes with an equaliser. However, an own goal from Jigme Tshering gives Transport United another lead.

Nagen Tamang,lone player from India, scores the third goal for Transport United in his last game.

Transport United’s manager, Ngawang Gyeltshen, said that the return of Transport United to its best form was the collective effort of the club members and the supporters. “After the club members got transferred to other parts of the district. The club couldn’t perform. With theis result in the national league, we will work hard to make the club strong.”

Paro United unlikely to play the next edition of league

Talking about the clubs return in the next championship, B.B Subbha of Paro United said that the club is not confident to play in the next edition. “We don’t know how far we will be able to run the club. It’s difficult to manage fund,” he said.

Paro United was established by the soccer enthusiasts of the region in collaboration with Thai-Bhutan Society. The club maintained its strength in the league by hiring players from Thailand.

The club hired four foreign players at the beginning of the league. However, three Indian players left the club without playing a single game and a player from Thailand could not return to the squad after the second international break. Paro United finished fifth ahead of Phuentsholing City, registering two wins.

The last game of the league will be played between Thimphu City (first runners-up) and Ugyen Academy FC (second runners-up) today at Changlimithang, Thimphu.

Nima |  Paro