A team of soccer players from the Bhutanese Community Association of Akron participated in the First Interstate Bhutanese Soccer Tournament at Granite Fields Tucker in Atlanta Georgia on June 17-18, 2011. The Akron team was coached by Mon Bahadur Rana.
This historic event included players from the Bhutanese community residing in 14 states. Twenty teams were represented from the states of California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. The first game played by BCA was with Shoot Death from Virginia. Our team won with a score 6-0. BCA’s second game was with Green Georgia and our team unfortunately lost with a score of 1-3. Our players played a good technical and fair game, which was interesting for both the players and spectators.
The Bhutanese Community of Akron participated with the following objectives:
1 To develop talents and potentialities of our players in the field of games and sports
2 To be in touch with and build a friendly relationship with Bhutanese Communities residing in different states and cities in the U. S. A.
3 To represent the Bhutanese Community of Akron in the First Interstate Bhutanese Soccer Tournament
4 To show cooperation and unity among the Bhutanese Community of Akron
In order to enable our players to participate and to help them with their expenses, 113 members of BCAA contributed a total of $1279. The average contribution was about $11 and the contributions ranged from a low of $3 to a high of $200! Many thanks to all those who helped by supporting this effort.
Coach Mon Bahadur Rana with the Bhutanese Community of Akron team.
The names of the players (in alphabetical order): Milan Bhandari, Bharat Bista, Hem Bista, Druba Chhetri, Krishna Chuwan, Dil Bahadur Laoti, Kamal Moger, Direndra Neopane, Dilliram Nepal, Dhan Singh Rai, Raju Rana, Suk Rai, Sancha Subba, Bikun Swong, Dawa Tamang, Phurba Tamang, Saroj Tumbapho, and Ram Yongyang.a
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