Bhutan is all set to host the first-ever South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) High School Championship in 2021.
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has already granted permission to the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) to host the competition.
The competition will be an annual event for top high schools across the South Asian region. All SAFF member countries are likely to participate in it.
“The AFC, SAFF and SAFF member countries have extended their support to the initiative. AFC has also given us the green signal because they feel it is an apt platform for SAFF schools to showcase their skills,” said Phuntsho Wangdi, the head of commercial and communication at the BFF.
“I think AFC will also extend its support on the financial, technical fronts and the documentation process,” a report quoted Wangdi as saying.
Meanwhile, BFF will also hold the Bhutan Higher Secondary School Championship in Thimphu in 2021, the winner of which will represent the country in the SAFF High School Championship.
82 higher secondary schools from across the country will participate in this competition.
“The main idea behind starting the Bhutan Higher Secondary School Championship is that many talented players will play in it. The BFF can select good players from amongst them for the youth national team and the senior national team ,” he said.