Category Archives: Afghanistan

SAFF Championships: Sri Lanka 5-2 Bhutan

6thSeptember 2013
SAFF Championships Group Stage
Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal

Sri Lanka 5-2 Bhutan

SriLankaBhutanSAFFSadly there is to be no rise from the foot of the world rankings for Bhutan for the time being.  A third straight defeat in the SAFF Championships group stages means an end to such lofty dreams.  They did manage to score twice however, which is the first time they’ve achieved that in five defeats to Sri Lanka.  A small crumb of comfort perhaps.

Bhutan’s first goal came from Passang Tshering on the stroke of half-time, by which time they were already 3 down.  Another was added by Sonam Tenzing in the second half, but not before Sri Lanka had already banged in a fourth. Continue reading

Preview: Sri Lanka v. Bhutan

6thSeptember 2013
SAFF Championships Group Stage
Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal

Sri Lanka v. Bhutan


And so to the final nail in the coffin chance for a result for Bhutan, and indeed for Sri Lanka as the two sides battle it out to proves they are slightly better than inept.  Having both lost in various humblings to Afghanistan and Maldives, qualification for the semi finals in a long forgotten dream.  It is all about not being bottom of the group.

For our intrepid Bhutanese this is the most realistic chance of something other than a defeat, and the chance to climb from the foot of the world rankings.

History is not in their favour however.  In four previous meetings, Bhutan have achieved the square root of bugger all, managing four defeats, 11 goals against, and no goals scored.  Three of these defeats came in SAFF Championships group matches, with the match in Colombo in 2008 being something of an outlier for the now worst in the world team. Remarkably that match saw the two teams fight over top spot in the group, as both made it through to the knock out stages. Times have changed…

Past meetings:

4thApril 2006 AFC Challenge Cup Chittagong, Bangladesh Bhutan 0-1 Sri Lanka
6thJune 2008 SAFF Championships Group Stage Colombo, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 2-0 Bhutan
6thDecember 2009 SAFF Championships Group Stage Dhaka, Bangladesh Sri Lanka 6-0 Bhutan
3rdDecember 2011 SAFF Championships Group Stage New Delhi, India Sri Lanka 3-0 Bhutan

SAFF Championships: Bhutan 2-8 Maldives

4thSeptember 2013
SAFF Championships Group Stage
Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal

Bhutan 2-8 Maldives

MaldivesBhutanSo I got it part right then.  A hefty number of goals for the Maldives wasn’t a particularly difficult prediction, but two goals for Bhutan is something of a result.

This is the first time in three meeting that Bhutan have managed to find a way to the Maldivian net, so doing so twice, despite the predictable hefty defeat, is rather pleasing.

However that tells only a fraction of the story.  Bhutan fell behind early, but two first half goals from Passang Tschering and Chencho Gyeltshen actually put Bhutan into the lead.  It could even have been better, with Tshering Dorji hitting the post prior to Bhutan’s first. Continue reading

SAFF Championships: Afghanistan 3-0 Bhutan

2ndSeptember 2013
SAFF Championships Group Stage
Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal

Afghanistan 3-0 Bhutan


Despite suffering a loss, Bhutan actually put up something of a decent fight in their opening match of the SAFF Championships. Bhutan even created the first chance of the match – Sonam Tenzin firing wide in the 10th minute. Shortly after that, Afghanistan could have taken the lead but goalkeeper Leki Dukpa saved well.

While Afghanistan’s superiority was clear, and they dominated the play, Bhutan managed to stifle and frustrate their higher ranked opponents during a fairly even first half. That was until the 37th minute when a corner found Hashmatullah Barakzai who headed back across goal where Haroon Amiri nicked in ahead of the defender to head his side ahead. Continue reading

Preview: Afghanistan v. Bhutan

2ndSeptember 2013
SAFF Championships Group Stage
Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal

Afghanistan v. Bhutan


Bhutan start their SAFF Championships campaign with probably their hardest group match against Afghanistan.  This will be the fifth meeting between the two sides with Bhutan looking to record just their second victory.

Their only victory to date came in the first meeting between the two sides in the 2008 SAFF Championships where a 3-1 win in the group stages in Colombo, Sir Lanka, helped Bhutan qualify for the semi-finals that year – their best SAFF performance to date.  Goals from Yeshey Dorji and two from Yeshey Gyeltshen proved decisive that day. Continue reading

South Asian Football Fun – 2013 SAFF Championships


South Asia’s upcoming eight team party in Nepal gives an opportunity for Bhutan to try and claw their way off the foot of the World Rankings with a whopping three fixtures, their only fixtures so far in 2013.

Bhutan are in Group B alongside Afghanistan, Maldives and Sri Lanka.  Naturally all of these teams are ranked higher than Bhutan, but not so far above that we can’t get a little giddy at the prospect of a little upset here.  Afghanistan are the highest ranked at 139, followed by Maldives at 153 and Sri Lanka at 170.

Bhutan’s fixtures are as follows:

2ndSeptember 2013 v. Afghanistan Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal
4thSeptember 2013 v. Maldives Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal
6thSeptember 2013 v. Sri Lanka Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal

The other group is made up of Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan.

Return of an Old Friend: Bhutan


Despite no action for our World’s Worst contenders this month does see some significant movement at the foot of the rankings table as old matches are expunged from the point scoring.  Joining Montserrat, Turks & Caicos Islands and San Marino propping up the rankings are Bhutan, part inspiration for this whole endeavour. Continue reading