POST TIME: 19 January, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Abahani blast past NoFeL
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Sports Reporter, Dhaka

Abahani blast past NoFeL

Abahani Limited’s Nigerian striker Sunday Chizoba (No 10) makes his way through the crowded NoeFeL defence to take a shot during the opening match of Bangladesh Premier Football League at Bangbandhu National Stadium in the capital yesterday. BFF Photo

Holders Dhaka Abahani Limited made a flying start with a 2-1 goals victory when they blasted past newly-promoted NoFeL Sporting Club in the curtain raiser of the Bangladesh Premier Football League for the 2018-2019 season yesterday.

Forwards Rubel Miah and Faisal Ahmed Shitol scored for Dhaka Abahani, while defender Kamrul Islam made the consolation for the newly-entrant NoFeL SC.  

It was Abahani, who first took the lead in the initial eighth minutes into the game on the pitch of the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) when midfielder Sohel Rana got a neat pass from header via Rayhan Hasan’s through. The midfielder then slammed the straightforward shot that went on to the right side of the goalpost where unmarked Rubel Miah received right-foot and swiftly took his left-footed back-volley that fumbled NoFeL Sporting Club’s the custodian Appel Mahmud to enter into the net.

Abahani could have been a chance of penalty when mid-forward Mamunul Islam Mamun’s corner kick Abahani Afghanistan recruit forward Masih Saighani made header that NoFeL’s Nigeria recruit defender Eleta Benjamin Jr directly swapped the course of the goalpost-bound ball with his hand that averted the referee’s vigil eye.

On 33rd minute, NoFeL’s midfielders Shaker Ullah and Mohammad Forhad Mona handled the onrushing Abahani skipper Sunday Chizoba Nwadialu, the fact that did not ward off the surveillance of referee Bharat Chandra Gour, who exchanged a green card for the players’ bookable offence.   

On 39th minute, midfielder Jamid Uddin showed an effort to level the advantage but his shot failed to avert the vigil guard of Abahani’s goalkeeper Shahidul Alam, who effortlessly gloved the ball and kept it under his belt.

Just three minutes before the first half, NoFel’s defender Kamrul Islam earned a clear-cut pass from a defection that befooled Abahani’s goalkeeper and its three other defenders, who were inside the goalpost, made the stunning goal that restored the parity for NoFeL.

After the breather, NoFeL made a couple of attack into Abahani’s fortress, one of which was just four minutes of the second half when Khondaker Ashraful Islam took a corner kick that Shahidul Alam saved by hand tip.

After that, NoFel’s midfielder Forhad Mona took a straightforward shoot that went a bit wide of the left post bar of Abahani.

Like NoFeL, Abahani’s players initiated counter-attack, one of which substitute Jewel Rana on 76th minute made a long distant shot from the right flank that aptly gloved NoFeL’s goalkeeper Appel Mahmud. Then Sunday Chizoba’s header went over NoFeL’s goal post afterwards.

Abahani’s another substitute forward Faisal Ahmed Shitol struck the winning goal in the three minutes off the second-half when he made a header off forward Rubel Miah’s shot via Waly Faisal but NoFeL’s goalie Appel Mahmud failed to keep the control of the ball despite his twice efforts.

Meanwhile title aspirants Bashundhara Kings narrowly scraped home with a 1-0 win over Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club in a hard fought match at the same venue.

Kings Brazilian recruited mid-fielder Marcos Vinicius Da Costa Soares Da Solva netted the all important goal in 69t minute.