FC Tertons, YAL FC, and BFF Academy FC have entered tight title contest, following the first defeat of BFF Academy FC to YAL FC last weekends at the ongoing Thimphu B-league held in Changlingmithang, Thimphu.
Thimphu B-league that plays as the qualification and relegation tier for Pepsi Thimphu league, is six games away to crown its champions of the season.
Nine game gone, FC Tertons is leading the table with 20 points.
FC Tertons was the only team that was relegated last year from Pepsi Thimphu league that plays established clubs from Thimphu.
However, for the table to remain unchanged until the end, both YAL FC and BFF Academy FCwill have to lose its remaining fixtures.
YAL FC has one match left to play while BFF Academy FC has two matches.
YAL FC closely follows the table with 17 points. The team will play its last match against FC Takins, placed fourth in the table.
The win over FC Takins will secure one of the top two spots for YAL FC and qualify to play in Pepsi Thimphu league 2019 with head to head advantage over FC Tertons.
Of the top three teams, BFF Academy has played minimum matches of seven. The team has 16 points with two matches to end the league. If the team wins the remaining two games, BFF Academy FC will come out as the winners of the league.
Competition officer with Bhutan Football Federation, Kinley Dorji, said the league saw competitive teams take part this year.
“However, the clubs have single person managing the squad. There were few clubs, which conducted regular training,” he said.
To encourage the clubs to perform better in the league, the federation has increased the club grant this year by Nu 20,000. The B-league clubs received Nu 30,000 in the previous edition of the league.
Despite BFF Academy FC having the maximum squad filled with young players, an average age of 19, the team remained undefeated until it played their last two games against FC Tertons, and YAL FC.
FC Tertons, and YAL FC put up a draw and a loss against BFF Academy FC respectively.
FC Tertons won three matches and drew one in last four games. YAL FC secured two wins and two draws, while BFF Academy FC suffered one loss, one draw and two wins in the last four games.
Of the nine teams featured in the league, Thimphu Ravens FC, Dzongree FC, and BMW FC are at the bottom of the table.
With one last match left to play in the league, BMW FC will play against Dzongree FC to find a point in the league. The team currently has suffered eight consecutive losses.
Champions of the league will win a cash prize of Nu 70,000, and the first runners up team will be given a cash prize of Nu 40,000. The two will qualify to play in Pepsi Thimphu league 2019.
The federation for the first time will be giving a cash prize of Nu 15,000 to second runners up team.
The league ends on April 15.