Football: Team Lhotshampa (Bhutan) wins Canterbury Soccer League
(caption for the above picture - The Bhutanese team with supporters , photo courtesy_ BSC)
In a big boost to sub-continental sports, Team Lhotshampa – comprising of members from the 300-strong Bhutanese Society of Christchurch (BSC) – has won the Canterbury Sunday Soccer League Division 5 in its very first attempt. This so because till last year members of the Bhutanese community in Canterbury used to play in the Nepalese team due to low numbers.
Visibly happy, at the award's night organised by BSC to recognise the effort put in by the players, was Silas, who has been the manger of Team Lhotshampa ever since he moved to New Zealand in 2009. “Our goal for next year is to win the Division 4 grade. But before that, the team will be honing its skills at the Canterbury Summer Soccer League,” he said.
The team is also looking forward to the Christchurch Global Football Tournament (CGFT) scheduled in February 2017, where it finished in the top six – out of 20 participating teams – this year.
“We would want to better our CGFT performance in next year's edition,” noted Akash Drupka, President of BSC and captain of the Team Lhotshampa.