Wait­ing for the big day

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

Bhutan lost to Hong Kong by 7 goals in the Asian World Cup qual­i­fy­ing round held in Mong Kok sta­dium last Thurs­day. It was a big set­back for Bhutan on its road to Rus­sia 2018. The dragons’ boys have shown a splen­did sense of dis­ci­pline and tac­tics play­ing at the match. Our boys look much younger against the cham­pi­ons.

The ob­servers have felt that dragon boys have done their best and the game was more or less one sided with the phys­i­cally faster and stronger op­po­nents. The Hong Kong team dom­i­nated our team through­out the game. The lost both in the air and in the ground.

Foot­ball fans in Bhutan who watched the match was lit­er­ally cried as they watched their home team lost. Most of them never ex­pected to lose the game by such a huge mar­gin. It was a shock to bear such a trash­ing de­feat.

The head coach of Bhutan Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion has com­mented on the re­quire­ment of more prac­tice and hard work. Whereas the tech­ni­cal direc­tor of the fed­er­a­tion has called this match a good ex­pe­ri­ence for the play­ers. As said by the tech­ni­cal direc­tor it was def­i­nitely a good ex­pe­ri­ence for our foot­ball team.

Now Bhutan will face with China on the 16th June 2015 at the Chagling­methang Sta­dium and it is go­ing to be the most thrilling match of foot­ball for the 2018 world cup qual­i­fy­ing. It will be for the first time in the his­tory of foot­ball that Bhutan will be play­ing with China.

Lo­cal tour op­er­a­tors are bring­ing in about 130 Chi­nese tourists to watch the match be­tween Bhutan and China. The tourism in­dus­try has seen an in­crease in the num­bers of Chi­nese tourist over the years. For this the tourism in­dus­try will ben­e­fit and en­hance the eco­nomic growth of the coun­try.

There is a glim­mer of hope for Bhutan to win the match as China is po­si­tioned at 82nd in FIFA Rank­ing and Bhutan at 163rd. For the greater ben­e­fit of the coun­try, the event has brought many things good for the coun­try in­clud­ing the Chi­nese tourists and made us more vis­i­ble in the world of foot­ball.

As we all move for the great day this week, it be­comes our re­spon­si­bil­ity to treat our guest with honor and dig­nity. We must avoid all the things that will tar­nish our im­age and rep­u­ta­tion.

In the mean­time we must not for­get to cheer for our dragon boys with all our heart and soul as they are part us and needed the most de­served sup­port.

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