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19 May, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Abahani face Kings’ challenge in a vital encounter today

SPORTS REPORTER, DHAKA

Reigning champions Abahani Limited and current leaders Bashundhara Kings will lock horn today at the Bangabandhu National Stadium to control the commanding position in the Bangladesh Premier League.

The match will kick off at the Bangabandhu National Stadium at 7pm. Right now, Bashundhara Kings are commendably leading the points table with 34, four points ahead of the Abahani Limited.

So, for Abahani Limited it is very important encounter to strongly stay in the title race with Bashundhara, who want to make sensation with winning the league championship at their first appearance in the top flight. In fact the result of the match will almost clearly point toward who will dominate the league and will go ahead of all to win the title or whether the competition will be more competitive.

If Bashundhara Kings will win the match then, it would become more than difficult for the other contenders to catch them and if Abahani would win or even can make it a draw then the attraction and the competition will be alive.

However, the manager of the Abahani Limited Sattyajit Das Rupu when talking to this correspondent yesterday before the practice session said, “It is very important match, to recover arrear, so it is essential for us to win the match.”

Abahani are highly boosted up after their excellent win against Chennaiyin FC, the Indian League Champions in the AFC Cup but Rupu doesn’t think so but to say it would be a fresh match against Bashundhara as the two teams are fully different.

“It would be a fresh game against different opponents, so nothing will bear effect of the previous match result. To compare one team to another is difficult with considering team’s one the day’s performance,” Rupu replying to a query about the comparison of strength of Abahani and the Chennaiyin FC.

“Boys will have to perform to win the match and I believe they will fight to win,” said Rupu, who usually not straight forward about his team’s prospect to win the match.

Bayezeed Alam Zubaer Nipu, the technical and strategic manager of Bashundhara Kings said that they are now better position and mentally they are calm and have no pressure as Abahani are in winning condition.

“We are four points ahead of them. If the match would be draw then we will lead the table might be the gap will closer. But for them it is a pressure, as they need to win to come close the gap with us.”

“In the previous three matches, we won two and lost one, so in this respect we have better record against them. Abahani is very strong sides, in the AFC Cup they played very well. But we have confidence to win the match, said Nipu.         

 

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Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
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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