One More Thing …

If you’re an aspiring World Cup contestant with a well-founded reputation as the worst national team on the planet, what can you do to turn things around?  Well, for one thing, you can offset the fact that your coach is named “Chokey” by designating as team captain a guy named “Karma”.  Then go to Thailand to train for a few weeks.

The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, the lowest-ranked team in international football, enjoyed a dream debut in the World Cup qualifiers Thursday by recording a shock 1-0 away victory over Sri Lanka at Colombo’s Sugathadasa stadium.  The winning goal came in the 81st minute as Bhutan skipper Karma Shedrup Tshering passed to Tshering Dorji, who slotted home calmly from inside the penalty box.

“We tried hard to acclimatize to the conditions here. We didn’t allow humidity to become a problem,” said a delighted Bhutan coach Chokey Nima. “We will celebrate today, but we are also preparing for the next challenge.”

Bhutan has been a member of FIFA only since 2000 and lack of funding has prevented it from taking part in previous World Cup qualification tournaments. The two teams meet again when Sri Lanka travel to Bhutan’s capital Thimpu for a return match on March 17.


Until then, Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Index will be once again outpacing its GDP.



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One Response to “One More Thing …”

  1. chrissouthwes Says:

    Do you think they have any chance of qualifying for the world cup? 🙂

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