Ugyen Academy FC is out of the AFC President’s Cup after Sheikh Russel of Sri Lanka thrashed them 4:0 yesterday.
The team’s fate was sealed as early as Friday when they lost their second game to last year’s runners up, Pakistan’s KRL 0:3. Ugyen Academy that is representing Bhutan couldn’t score a single goal in qualifying round and had conceded eight. They are rooted at the bottom of the table.
Coach, Kinley Dorji after the game yesterday said his players played their ‘normal game’ and they were at a disadvantage as team captain, defender Manbahadur Gurung, had twisted his ankle as he was warming up for the match.
Kinley Dorji also blamed tournament organisers for the match timing and said his team was always made to play first, during the hottest times of the day. During the group stage of this tournament every team, other than Ugyen Academy, played at least one game in the late afternoon, when the day was cooler.
Sheikh Russel coach, Dragan Đukanovi, praised Ugyen Academy players. He said the team was young and has a “very good future”. He said the players has good techniques, but were not physically strong enough for the level at which other teams were in.
Although his team has been knocked out of the President’s Cup, coach Kinley Dorji, on Friday, said that they had come to the tournament to learn and get experience from playing at international level.
“The experience and exposure my players got from this tournament will help them become stronger,” he said.