Puench­has to bat­tle Sherubtse FC in Chan­cel­lor’s Cup fi­nals

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Jigme Wangchen from Kan­glung, T/gang

Puench­has FC, a team from Kan­glung will play against Sherubtse FC, the col­lege team in the fi­nals of the Chan­cel­lor’s Cup, which was or­ga­nized for the first time in Sherubtse Col­lege.

In the first semi­fi­nal round played on Tues­day, Sherubtse FC de­feated Rangjung Cen­tral School with a score of 3:2 and took their place in the fi­nals.

The sec­ond semi­fi­nal round was played on Wed­nes­day where Puench­has FC de­feated Methidrang United FC, a team from Trashigang with a score of 2:0.

San­gay Ten­zin, Puench­has FC’s team cap­tain said that all the teams that par­tic­i­pated in the tour­na­ment were strong. “I am thrilled our team made it to the fi­nals.”

Mean­while, he also said that with the in­stal­la­tion of the ar­ti­fi­cial foot­ball turf and the or­ga­ni­za­tion of such a tour­na­ment in Kan­glung, the foot­ball craze has in­creased in the past few months.

A to­tal of 38 teams from Trashigang, Sam­drup Jongkhar, Mong­gar and Pema­gat­shel took part in the month-long tour­na­ment.

The or­ga­niz­ers of the tour­na­ment said that the huge num­ber of teams that par­tic­i­pated has mo­ti­vated them to or­ga­nize sim­i­lar tour­na­ments in the fu­ture as well.

A par­tic­i­pant, Nono Jigme said that the tour­na­ment was eas­ily one of the big­gest foot­ball tour­na­ments in the east with more than 600 play­ers across the coun­try tak­ing part.

He also said that such tour­na­ments are not or­ga­nized of­ten in the east. “It gives an op­por­tu­nity for foot­ball en­thu­si­asts to come to­gether.”

An­other foot­ball enthusiast, Deepak said that he hoped to see the rise of foot­ball champs from the east as well.

The win­ners will take away a prize money of Nu 130,000 with a tro­phy and medals and the run­ners-up will get Nu 80,000 with a tro­phy and medals.

The Chan­cel­lor’s Cup kick started on April 28 and will end on June 9.

It was or­ga­nized by Sherubtse Col­lege as a tribute to His Majesty The King and to cel­e­brate 50 years of Sherubtse’s con­tri­bu­tion to aca­demic ex­cel­lence. It was also ini­ti­ated to ob­serve 50 years of Indo-Bhutan friend­ship.

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