Thinley Namgay  

Yal FC began its Jebba Dragon Cup 2022 debut by defeating Zakay FC 1-0 at the Changlimithang Stadium yesterday.

In a highly contested game, both the teams failed to break the deadlock in the first half despite wasting many chances; the game progressed with a similar pace and tactics from both the teams in the next round.

Yal FC’s striker Bhagi Raj Subba found the net in the 65th minute. He was unmarked near the goalie and sent the ball flowing into the left corner of the post.

Yal FC’s skipper, Til Bahadur Mukhil, said: “Both the teams played well; it was a good match. But I felt our team was a bit better. We want to give our best in this tournament.”

He said that his players were all new. “We haven’t played for some time.”

During the inaugural match on May 2, Tyros United FC beat Dzongree FC 2-1.

Six teams are competing in the 2022 Jebba Dragon Cup, which previously was known as Thimphu Dzongkhag League.

Thimphu City FC in collaboration with the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) is organising the tournament.

The Jebba Dragon Cup is a major football tournament in the country after the first BFF President Cup, which concluded in January.

The winner of the tournament will feature in the 2023 Bhutan Premier League (BPL) qualifiers if the team fulfils the BFF club licensing requirements.

BPL teams are not allowed to compete in the tournament. Three BFF club players are permitted in a team; national team players are restricted. Teams paid an entry fee of Nu 20,000 each.

The game will end on May 16.

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