Nigerian striker Sunday Chizoba netted the first hattrick of the Bangladesh Premier League this season as table-toppers Abahani Limited continued their brilliant run with a crushing 5-1 victory over Feni Soccer Club at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Monday.
It was the Sky Blues' fourth consecutive league win and also their biggest margin of victory this season. George Kottan's charges are the only club in the 12-team points table who are still unbeaten so far in the league. The remaining 11 sides have conceded at least two defeats each.
The victory consolidated Abahani's place at the top of the premier league standings. With 29 points from 13 matches, they moved five points clear of second-placed Chittagong Abahani.
On the other hand, it was Feni's sixth straight defeat as they remained second from bottom with only nine points.
Jewel Rana gave the Sky Blues the lead in the 18th minute. Collecting a clearance at the edge of the box, the midfielder skipped past Guinean defender Camara Mamadou before finding the back of the net with a low shot into the middle.
Sunday doubled the lead eight minutes later flicking home a cross from English midfielder Lee Andrew Tuck.
The Nigerian striker scored again in the 54th minute from a penalty after Mamadou pulled down Jewel inside the box. Feni goalkeeper Sujan fisted away Sunday's initial effort but the rebound fell at the feet of Jewel who cut it back to Sunday to tap home.
Nigerian midfielder Uche Felix pulled one back for Feni four minutes later with a low drive from the middle of the box.
Sunday completed his treble four minutes later, hitting the back of the net following a through pass from Emon Babu. It was Sunday's 14th league goal this season.
Young forward Saad Uddin came off the bench to complete the rout in the 88th minute with a lovely right-footer from the right flank.
Meanwhile in the day's other match, Chittagong Abahani maintained their good form as they beat Mohammedan Sporting Club 1-0 to sit two points behind leaders Abahani.
An own-goal by Mohammedan defender Yusuf Ali Khan put Chittagong Abahani ahead in the 44th minute. A lob by Zahid Hossain from the right side of the box forced Yusuf to send the ball crashing into his own net.
Mohammedan remained ninth with 12 points.
Soccer Club 1
Felix 58 5 Abahani
Jewel 18, Sunday 26, 54 – P, 62, Saad 88
Ctg Abahani 1
Yusuf 44 - og 0 Mohammedan