Founders, with a heavy heart, blow final whistle on United Sikkim Football Club

September 23, 2019

Gangtok, 22 Sept:

United Sikkim Football Club has been shut down after a journey of 15 years. Founders of the club, Bhaichung Bhutia, Arjun Rai and Sherap Lepcha, announced Sunday that United Sikkim FC will cease to exist from today. 

USFC was formed in the year 2004 and turned into a professional club for a year in 2011.

United Sikkim FC was the first club from Sikkim and the second from the North East to play the in the I-League.

Making the announcement to  down shutters on the club, Bhaichung shared that it was a very difficult and painful decision but one that had to taken after thorough discussions on different aspects.

He said that it has been a great 15 years peppered with proud and difficult moments.

The club worked hard to build a brand name for Sikkim in Indian football which made the decision to shut down all that more difficult.  

Bhaichung mentioned that the decision to shut down the club has been taken for two major reasons.

“We want to now focus more on grassroots football by organising coaching camps and tournaments at that level. Secondly, there has been huge conflict of interest since two of us are now a part of Sikkim Football Association,” he explained.

Bhaichung and Mr Rai are presently in the executive body of SFA.

He explained that it was not fair for other clubs if they continued running a club which also plays leagues and tournaments organised by SFA.

He remarked that this conflict of interest also made it difficult for them to take decisions on matters related to football clubs and the association and now it would be easier for them to take such decisions.

He expressed deep gratitude to all players, fans and other supporters for being a part of the USFC family for the past 15 years.

United Sikkim FC lifted the Sikkim Premier Division League four times and won the Independence Cup twice along with winning the ONGC Cup and LD Kazi Cup and is the only club from Sikkim to participate in IFA Shield and Durand Cup and winner of second division I-League.Gangtok, 22 Sept:United Sikkim Football Club has been shut down after a journey of 15 years. Founders of the club, Bhaichung Bhutia, Arjun Rai and Sherap Lepcha, announced Sunday that United Sikkim FC will cease to exist from today. USFC was formed in the year 2004 and turned into a professional club for a year in 2011.United Sikkim FC was the first club from Sikkim and the second from the North East to play the in the I-League.Making the announcement to down shutters on the club, Bhaichung shared that it was a very difficult and painful decision but one that had to taken after thorough discussions on different aspects.He said that it has been a great 15 years peppered with proud and difficult moments.The club worked hard to build a brand name for Sikkim in Indian football which made the decision to shut down all that more difficult. Bhaichung mentioned that the decision to shut down the club has been taken for two major reasons.“We want to now focus more on grassroots football by organising coaching camps and tournaments at that level. Secondly, there has been huge conflict of interest since two of us are now a part of Sikkim Football Association,” he explained.Bhaichung and Mr Rai are presently in the executive body of SFA.He explained that it was not fair for other clubs if they continued running a club which also plays leagues and tournaments organised by SFA.He remarked that this conflict of interest also made it difficult for them to take decisions on matters related to football clubs and the association and now it would be easier for them to take such decisions.He expressed deep gratitude to all players, fans and other supporters for being a part of the USFC family for the past 15 years.United Sikkim FC lifted the Sikkim Premier Division League four times and won the Independence Cup twice along with winning the ONGC Cup and LD Kazi Cup and is the only club from Sikkim to participate in IFA Shield and Durand Cup and winner of second division I-League.

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