Former Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Limited striker Momodou Bah opened the scoring in the 18th minute with one of the finest goals of the tournament so far, and that came from a shaky defensive response from the newly-promoted premier league outfit
Gambian forward Momodou Bah netted a brace, including one from bicycle kick, as reigning runners-up Chittagong Abahani Limited kicked off their Independence Cup campaign with a dominant 3-0 win over Nofel Sporting Club in the Group B opener at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka Monday afternoon.
Former Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Limited striker Momodou opened the scoring in the 18th minute with one of the finest goals of the tournament so far, and that came from a shaky defensive response from the newly-promoted premier league outfit.
Nofel’s Nigerian defender’s headed clearance from a long ball by Chittagong Abahani’s Nigerian defender Mufta Lawal from almost the half way line gave the unmarked Momodou the opportunity to try his skill with a bicycle kick.
Momodou’s overhead kick from the top of the box dipped inside the top-left corner, giving Nofel keeper Apel Mahmud no chance.
Lawal doubled the lead in the 54th minute, heading home into the near post, following a corner from Kaushik Barua.
Momodou exhibited his skill once again to extend the lead in the 62nd minute.
Dribbling past a couple of defenders, Momodou placed past the onrushing keeper from the top of the box.
Nofel’s defence, led by Eleta Benjamin Junior and Michael Yonta, received praise during the Federation Cup group stage, but the tall Nigerian duo failed to carry the momentum to this tournament.
They could have conceded another if Nigerian forward Magalan Awala had not missed a chance in front of an empty net in the 74th minute.
Ctg Abahani 3 (Bah 19, 62, Lawal 54) 0 Nofel