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2nd Sheikh Kamal Int'l Club Cup: Abahani on brink of exit

  • Published at 09:39 pm February 20th, 2017
  • Last updated at 10:25 pm February 20th, 2017
2nd Sheikh Kamal Int'l Club Cup: Abahani on brink of exit
Following their shocking 1-0 defeat against Maldives outfit TC Sports Club in their opening game, Monday's draw means Abahani earned only a single point out of possible six. The Bangladesh Premier League champion must now beat Kyrgyzstan club FC Alga Bishkek in their last Group A match and depend on other results in order to make it out of the group. Bishkek lost to Pocheon 3-0 in the opening game. Abahani, the five-time professional league winner, squandered a series of chances and by the end of the day, it seemed like their new forward line-up need more time to adapt to the new formation, deployed by recently appointed Croatian head coach Drago Mamic. Nigerian striker Emeka Darlington, who joined Abahani after spending a couple of seasons at Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club, was unlucky not to get into the scoresheet when his close-range header from a precise cross by young English forward Jonathan Davids from the right flank was blocked by the Pocheon goalkeeper. Pocheon midfielder Lee Syun Yu hit the woodwork in the 78th minute. The best chance of the game came two minutes before the end of stipulated time when Nabib Newaj Jibon missed a sitter inside the six-yard box. Meanwhile in the other game of the day at the same venue, TC Sports beat Bishkek 2-1. Pocheon, South Korea's lower division club, currently top Group A with four points. Abahani will face Bishkek in their last group match this Thursday.