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2 February, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Big guns look to bounce back

Fourth round starts today
Sports Reporter, Dhaka
Big guns look to bounce back

Fourth round of the Bangladesh Premier Football League starts from today at two different venues with Abahani Limited taking on Rahmatganj at the Bangabandhu National Stadium and NoFeL entertain Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club at the Shaheed Bulu Stadium Noakhali.

In the third round aftermath, apart from the new comers Bashundhara Kings, none of the leading title contenders are in decent position. Bashundhara Kings, who had already given wake up call to all the traditional power houses with winning the runners-up trophy in the Federation Cup and celebrating the title of the Independent Cup, won their all last three matches in premier league.  

Bashundhara have overcome two big hurdles also with beginning the league campaign by a solitary goal win over the two times champion Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and made their second victim the holders Abahani Limited, who won the league championship for record six times including three times in a row for twice out of it’s last 10 editions. Bashundhara blanked NoFeL, the other newcomers by 2-0 at their home ground.

Abahani, after bitter experiences against Bashundhara Kings following a struggling 2-1 win against NoFeL SC, got back to their winning ways with a 2-0 win over Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra. Abahani will take on Rahmatganj MFS in their fourth match today.

Among the title aspirants, Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club’s statistic is very unimpressive when out of their last three matches two times champions suffered defeats and managed a struggling draw.

Jamal after going down to Bashundhara by a solitary goal in their opener, saw a woeful 0-3 defeat to Muktijoddha KC and could manage a 2-2 draw with Rahmatganj MFS.

Among the other challengers to win the league trophy, Sheikh Russel, are in good mood with winning both their two matches with defeating the giant killers Arambagh KS by 3-2 and Brothers Union by 3-2, their next match against Mohammedan.  

Saif Sporting Club, who are also one of the title contenders, are not well heeled condition, as after winning first two matches against Rahmatganj (2-1) and Team BJMC (1-0), went down to Arambagh by solitary goal.

All but, Arambagh turned into big headache for the all the heavyweights when after a 0-1 defeat to Russel, they won previous two matches in a row with defeating Saif SC by 1-0 following demolishing Mohammedan Sporting Club by 4-0.

Meanwhile, a total of 38 goals were scored up to third round of the league and foreign players are as well as ahead of the local booters when 24 goals came from their boots and local players scored rest of the 14 goals.     

Among the local players, Jahid Hossain scored a hat-trick and Matin Meah scored two goals were notable.

Shattayajit Das Rupu, manager of the reigning champions team Abahani thinks that scenario might change as the league progresses– “It is the just the beginning, it is a long run. Things will change in time. We lost three points in the second round, now our main concern is that we have no option left to lose points in coming days.”

Saiful Bari Titu, head coach of Sheikh Russel about the last three round said, “It is too early to comment. But it is clear that the league will be competitive, in every round there will be fresh encounters. It is well we won both our first two matches but will have to proceed very cautiously.”

About 14 goals from the local players’ Titu said, “I think, it is a very good sign. Despite some good foreign performers, local boys are getting goals.”

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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