Bhutan’s under-23 football team will be playing final against today, December 10 of the ongoing 13th South Asian Games (SAG).
The dragon boys made a promising start by beating Bangladesh 1-0 at the Dasharath Stadium in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu last week.
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Bhutan, which went to the tournament as underdogs, demonstrated that the team is by no means a pushover. The team’s performance against Bangladesh, the Maldives and Sri Lanka showed that Bhutan was a vastly improved outfit.
After the Bhutanese team reached the final by defeating Sri Lanka on December 7, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering on his official Facebook page wrote, “As an underdog, this news far surpasses our expectation. Our boys made it to the finals at the SAG. We saw a new beginning, a renewed hope.”
The prime minister congratulated the players, the coach and management, and supporters. “With immense pride, I also wish you all the strength and stamina to take on the finals. My best wishes,” he wrote.
No longer underdogs, the Dragon Boys are playing their first major international final and contending for a first gold in the Games—and they have nothing to lose.
“Despite losing against Nepal in the league stage, Bhutan have played well to get to the final. They are good going forward while Nepal’s weakness lies in the backline,” football analyst Sanjeeb Mishra told the Post on the eve of the title clash.