The draw was Sheikh Jamal’s sixth this season and they are now eighth in the points table with 15 points from 14 matches while Muktis are fourth with 16 points from the same number of outings
Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Limited’s fortunes refused to improve under new head coach Shafiqul Islam Manik as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra in the Bangladesh Premier League at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka Thursday.
Sheikh Jamal lost their previous match to runaway leader and newcomer Bashundhara Kings and in their pursuit of a comeback win, the Yellows took the lead in the 18th minute when Gambian forward Solomon King headed home.
Muktis then got several chances to bring parity, especially in the 30th minute when a free-kick from Japanese midfielder Yusuke Kato was saved by goalkeeper Samiul Islam Mamun.
Muktijoddha though soon equalized in the 34th minute and it was none than other Kato.
Kato connected a long throw-in from defender Habibur Rahman with a sweet left-foot volley.
The two teams went into the break with the score locked at 1-1 and got chances of their own to grab the winner in the second half.
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Right at the start of the second half, Sheikh Jamal could’ve gone ahead but Solomon’s free-kick went inches over the bar.
Sheikh Jamal then held their nerve in the face of relentless attacks from Muktijoddha, who gradually took control of the game.
Were it not for the valiant efforts of Masum, Muktijoddha’s Ivory Coast forward Ballo Famousa would’ve found the net in the 62nd and 76th minute.
The draw was Sheikh Jamal’s sixth this season and they are now eighth in the points table with 15 points from 14 matches while Muktis are fourth with 16 points from the same number of outings.
After the game, Manik said, “We didn’t get the desired performance from the foreign players. I’m not happy with the draw. But, we lost to the same side in the first phase. Now, we got a point against them. You can say it is some consolation.”