North Dakota team has taken home the first Midwest Youth Bhutanese inter-state soccer tournament, securing a victory of 3-1 goals against South Dakota during the final battle held on August 2, Sunday, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The winner received a gold cup and cash prize of US $2001, while the first runner up was awarded with a silver cup and US $1001.
Meanwhile, Santosh Rana from North Dakota, who scored nine goals, received “man of the tournament and highest scorer”. Bal Paudyel from South Dakota was awarded the title “man of the match” by senior soccer player Buddhi Bhattarai from Minnesota, who came to encouraged the youths. Local certified referees monitored the entire games. The tournament was played in four different soccer fields.
Various 14 teams from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin participated in the two-day tournament hosted by the Bhutanese youth and community voluteers. President of Association of Bhutanese Community in South Dakota, Mr. Chhabi Neopaney, thanked organizers, supporters and youth engaged for making the soccer tournament successful. He also assured his full support from the community in future tournaments.