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Pema (black) of Junior FC scores an opener in the final
Pema (black) of Junior FC scores an opener in the final

Junior FC first champions of U-18 Capital Cup

Ahead of 2018 FIFA World cup final, Junior FC and FC Juvenile played the final of the first ever futsal U-18 Capital Cup in Thimphu yesterday.  

The event was played over a week.

Junior FC succeeded to find the opener in the earlier half and scored another goal to settle for 2-0 lead at the end of first half.

FC Juvenile scored their first goal through a penalty kick in the second half. The team scored all four goals in the second half.

Scoring two goals in first and three in the latter half, Junior FC won the game 5-4 in favour of them and lifted the Capital Cup title that was completed by 14 teams.

Sports Entrepreneur, Yeshey Samdrup, also an organising member, said the championship did not allow national and club players to provide the young talents with level playing field. “The tournament was organised considering the interest of youth. And we are aiming to promote the game at an international level,” he said.

The winners, Junior FC, won Nu 20,000 and certificates. FC Juvenile bagged Nu 12,000 with certificates.

Kelzang Namgay of Charo FC was the highest goal scorer. Karma Dorji of Junior FC was named best goalkeeper and his teammate Jigme Samdrup was named valuable player.

The championship was the first sports event Team Happy organised in summer vacation dedicated to the FIFA World cup final 2018.  The league’s aim was to engage students in summer vacation and to provide the young with a platform to exhibit their skills and talents.

The tournament will be held annually.

The championship this year was supported by Coca Cola, Sunrise Sports Centre, Big Cola, Bhutan Airlines and start-up entrepreneurs. More than 100 youths were involved in the championship. 

Nima

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