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We could not utilise our chances: Nepal U18 coach

Sherub Dorji, Thimphu
Sep 22, 2017

Nepalese Coach Chirring Lobsang at the post-match press conference

Bhutan’s under-18 football team pulled off a major upset in the SAFF under-18 Championship when they defeated Nepal, on Wednesday.

The match at the Changlimithang saw Nepal missing several goal scoring opportunities. Misses which the Nepalese coach said cost his team the match.

Orgyen Wangchuk Tshering was on the mark yet again as his goal from the penalty spot left Nepal empty handed. Nepal dominated most part of the match; running past the Bhutanese defence, putting in high crosses, and pinpoint through passes feeding the strikers. But Nepal managed to find the net only once. That too was ruled out by the offside flag. Coach Chirring Lobsang rued the missed chances.

“Our boys played a good game. When they get a lot of chances, they cannot utilise. This football must have to utilise to score. If we cannot score we cannot win. And one silly mistake, we gave a penalty and Bhutan utilised it.”

However, the coach said that Nepal is still in the tournament but the defeat against Bhutan will hurt them. The Bhutanese coach did accept that his team was lucky to get all three points.

“The game was good. Audience were supportive. Though Nepal team is very tough and fast and very technically sound in the soccer field, our boy performed well. And I was very lucky,” quipped the Bhutan Coach of U18, Song Jun Lee.

In the other match played on Wednesday, Bangladesh followed up their win against India by dominating the Maldives. Despite winning by just two goals, Bangladesh had a lot of ball possession and the Maldives players were left chasing shadows for most part of the match.

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