Football’s rising young gun

l Tenzin  Lhamo , Thimphu


Orgyen Wangchuk Tshering from Paro is the latest addition to our young and budding team of football players, the Dragon boys.

The 18-year-old, who had completed his high school from Pelkhil School in Thimphu, say that football was his ultimate calling even as a small kid. “My father has been very instrumental in shaping and encouraging me to become a footballer. He is my inspiration,” Orgyen adds.

An ardent fan of the German playmaker Mesuit Ozil and The Red Devils ( English club Manchester United), Orgyen says that watching Ozil play in the pitch teaches him a lot of technical skills as he plays in a similar position, midfield.

He says that he train and practices a lot and try to improve with every game and tournament he plays. “I want to improve and play in one of the professional and elite clubs abroad.”

While praising Bhutan’s gradual growth and professionalism in the game, Orgyen says that he does not see himself taking football as a fulltime career.

“As a national player we are just paid a monthly salary of Nu 10,000 which is barely enough to meet our expenses. While I do not see a scope for me to take up football as a fulltime career, I will always pursue my dream to play in a club outside Bhutan,” the 18-year-old adds.

Orgyen said that the recently concluded SAFF U-18 tournament, which Bhutan hosted, was not an easy job for him as he was used to playing with the senior national squad. He, however, adds that the competition made him improve a lot both as a person and a footballer.

“Being a national player is never easy as I often get criticized by the public for not performing well, but then I take these positively and try to improve with every passing game and tournament,” Orgyen said, adding that one should never stop believing in oneself.

“I will help our national team to become one of the best in the region, especially in the South Asian region. This is my ultimate dream.”

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