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Babu rejoices while Pourmoslemi laments

Update : 04 May 2014, 04:56 PM

Mohammedan forward Md Wahed hailed the team spirit behind the success against their arch-rival Abahani after the end of the match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. On the other hand, Abahani coach Ali Akbar Pourmoslemi pointed out his team's lack of a clinical finisher who can be lethal inside the opposition's D-box.

Wahed, whose Facebook account is named Super Star Wahed and has more than fifty thousand likes, can now expect it to become more popular as he has scored in three consecutive matches against Uttar Baridhara, Team BJMC and Dhaka Abahani. However, he rated yesterday’s strike among the top in his career. “I remember two years ago I scored for Mohammedan in the 2-0 win against Abahani. But this time my strike has turned out to be the winner. So I am happy and I rate it among the top,” said Wahed.

Wahed said Mohammedan was determined to win the match. “We started with 3-2-4-1 and in an attacking mode but we changed it after scoring the goal. Personally I did not forget that the team conceded a defeat against BJMC because of me as I wasted an easy chance. All the players were cautious about not making any mistake and it paid off,” said the young forward.

Mohammedan manager Amirul Islam Babu said all the team members were frustrated with the shock defeat against BJMC. “We now feel free. The loss against BJMC was not justified. We conceded two goals in five minutes after leading 2-0. I told my players that we have to show our character against Abahani and we took the field to win. I am very happy to see that the team return to winning ways wiping the frustrations out. We will face Sheikh Jamal in our next match and today's win is an ideal morale booster before that,” said Babu.

His counterpart Pourmoslemi said he did not have the ideal resources to field the appropriate eleven for the crunch tie. “Waly Faisal and Samad Youssef were injured. I had to reform my defense but I have to say that my defense was not bothered that much as Mohammedan played defensive. Then I found I lack an ideal finisher who can score the goals and stamp authority in front of the opposition goal. I don’t know how to deal with the problem,” bemoaned the Iranian.

“We wasted three chances in the first 15 minutes and conceded the goal due to a mistake of the defense. We could not get out of the failure zone in the rest of the match. Now we are six points behind Jamal and I think it is very hard to reduce the deficit,” said Pourmoslemi.

Abahani defender Mishu said Osie Morrison’s off form has disturbed the team. “Morrsion has lost the rhythm although he was supposed to be our mainstay and we don’t have many other options in the striking zone. We have scored very few goals in the league and its our main problem,” opined Mishu.


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