Do you know?: Purna Pradhan

Do you know?’ Is a blog series by our columnist Ugyen Terry, which gives a different insights of City players.

Purna Kumar Pradhan, also known as Puri, is a Thimphu City midfielder. This is his first season for the Red Citizens having featured for Transport United previously. This is an exclusive interview featuring Puri.

First season as a Thimphu City player. How do you rate your season so far?

6 out of 10! Honestly, I have been playing in the wrong position. I haven’t played in that position before.

As mentioned, you featured as left back for the majority of the season. how do you feel playing in that position?

Since I am playing for first time in that position, it is very uncomfortable for me. I’m unable to contribute in attack.

When and where did you first learn to play football?

2008 in Zilukha LSS, Thimphu. I started with futsal, and carried on till 2015. Only 2016 onward, I started playing in the full pitch. It’s only 3 years since I started playing in the full pitch. (He is a member of futsal team, Kuenjung FC)

Who is the most hardworking and dedicated player in the current city squad?

In my opinion, its Karma Shedrup Tshering.

You played few competitive matches in Eastern Bhutan? How much difference did you find in the level of football?

There is not much difference to be honest. Players in the East are technically equally good but lack tactical adpects. I think good coaches are needed who can work on their mistake and improve them.

How much difference did you find in the level of football?

There is not much difference to be honest. Players in the East are technically equally good but lack tactical adpects. I think good coaches are needed who can work on their mistake and improve them.

Chencho Gyeltshen is by far the most successful footballer in Bhutanese history. Who do you think will be the next footballer to reach the level of Chencho?

Nima Wangdi of Thimphu City FC and Dawa Tshering of Transport United. These two have got what it takes to atleast match Chencho’s level.

It’s very difficult to make a living as a professional footballer in Bhutan. How long do you see yourself playing football at top level?

Yes. it is very difficult to make a living plying football. Probably next year will be my last year as a semi-professional footballer. I’ll be focusing more on my job. (Currently, he is an employee of Bhutan Insurance Ltd.)

How do you spend your time, away from football?

Not much going on at the moment. 9-5 office. After that training. When I get home, it is beyond 10 p.m most of the time. Wake up and repeat the same routine.

If given an opportunity, which club (international) would you play for and why?

Haha. Wherever Neymar plays. He is my favourite player. Paris St. Germain for now.

Any message for the supporters?

Thanks for supporting till now. I just want to say that, please do not defame the team when we lose. Winning and lossing is part of the beautiful game.