Thinley Namgay     

United Ladies will play Green Taras Women FC in the final of the Thimphu Women’s Open Football Championship 2022 at the Changlimithang Stadium today.

United Ladies booked the place for the final after defeating Panchali Women FC 3-0 in the semifinal on July 24 at Changlimithang Stadium.

The skipper of the United Ladies, Kezang Pema, said they are very happy to reach the final. “Our team has former players of Taktse college and some known players, but no club players.”

She said that Green Taras has competent players comprising former national players, coaches and club players. “But we will give our best.”

Kezang Pema said the team took part in the tournament through sheer interest and winning is not important.

With seven points from three games, United Ladies won the pool B in the league.

Green Tara’s captain, Tshering, said that her players are confident to win. “We are very happy and proud of our team to reach the final.”

She said the motive of her team was to gather old friends, who loved playing football and reminisce old memories.

Green Taras topped pool A with nine points by winning all the three games played in the league.

The eight participating clubs are divided into a pool of four teams each and the league round ended on July 21.

Organised by the Bhutan Football Federation,  the competition is to foster women’s participation in football.

Thimphu Women’s Open Football Championship commenced in 2019, but they could not play in  2020 and 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

National players are not allowed in the tournament, but three club players in each team were permitted.

The tournament began in July.