Thursday, July 12, 2018

Journey of BTM FC

BDFA C Division league, which apparently is the bottom rung league does not catch everyone's fancy. A quick look inside and you will find a plethora of teams participating – 62 in total divided in 10 groups in the preliminary stages. 

The quality of the matches would leave a lot to be desired but the effort put in by the clubs is immense. All four teams who made to semis got promoted to B Division - Sunrise FC won the league defeating Goans in Final, other semifinalists being South India and BTM FC. 

Talking about enthusiasm with limited resources and continuous effort, BTM FC made it to the next grade this time. 

The club founded in 2009 by a bunch of amateur footballers from BTM Layout locality. BTM FC soon registered as a non-profit organization (NPO) and got accredited to BDFA. 

They made their debut in C Division in 2010 and could qualify to the knock-out round, which continued for the next five season. What's remarkable was that they kept persisting without giving up. Finally the same set of players crossed the hurdle in their sixth attempt and promoted to B Division. 

BTM FC squad 
Syed Taha (GK), Maqsood, Prithive (Captain), Aditya, Khalid, Nishanth, Sunith, Lohith, Prashanth, Shashidhar, Ashrith, Rajesh, Mandeep, Srinath, Yugal, Anup, Samvartha, Praveen, Manjunath, Mayur, Girish
Coach : Abiram Krishna