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Abahani, Mohammedan fight to set up Dhaka derby in semifinal

  • Published at 09:42 pm December 29th, 2019
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Abahani players during training in Dhanmondi Dhaka Tribune

Abahani enjoyed a goal fest in the group stage, netting nine times in two matches

One of the semifinals of the Federation Cup may end up as a Dhaka Derby, with Abahani facing Rahmatganj MFS and Mohammedan facing Chattogram Abahani in their respective quarterfinals on Monday.

Holders Abahani will definitely be the favourites against Rahmatganj MFS, but Mohammedan have an uphill task stopping the fine run of Chattogram Abahani.

The Sky Blues, 11-time champions including the latest three in a row, enjoyed a goal fest in the group stages. They netted nine times during big-margin wins over Police FC (4-0) and Arambagh (5-1), despite Mario Lemos fielding different starting elevens.

10-time champions Mohammedan, who last won the cup in 2009, shone in the tournament with a different strategy and formation under Sean Lane, despite having formed an average squad.

They drew with Muktijoddha SKC (1-1) and Sheikh Russel KC (goalless), before bagging their first win against Uttar Baridhara (1-0) in the third group match.

Sheikh Kamal Club Cup winners Chattogram Abahani are the only team other than Abahani who have maintained a 100% win record.

Maruful Haque’s side swept past Brothers Union and Premier League champions Bashundhara Kings by 2-0 margins, illustrating the difficult task that awaits Mohammedan if they are to set up a Dhaka Derby semifinal.

Quarterfinal line-ups

Monday

Abahani vs Rahmatganj at 3.30pm

Chattogram Abahani vs Mohammedan at 6.30pm

Tuesday

Saif Sporting vs Police

Muktijoddha vs Bashundhara


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