Veteran striker Jahid Hasan Ameli found the back of the net after a drought of two and a half years but his lone goal couldn't help his side Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited from conceding their fifth draw in the Bangladesh Premier League. They were held to a 2-2 draw by neighbour Arambagh Krira Sangha at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka Monday.
Had it not deflected off an opponent defender, the 30-year old might not have scored his first goal in 11 first-team appearances he made for the club in the top-flight this season. The goal doubled Mohammedan's lead at the start of the second half but a 90th-minute equaliser by Bukola Alamu spoiled Ameli's new year party.
After spending much of the time on the bench for Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra last season, Ameli switched to his current club but with no change of luck, remaining goalless in the Federation Cup, Independence Cup and the Premier League. Ameli, whose last goal came against Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society on May 20, 2015, blamed injury for his poor form.
The result however, turned out to be most helpful for Arambagh, who moved three points away from the relegation zone. They stepped a place upto eighth with 16 points from 20 matches while Mohammedan remained fifth with 28 points.
Nigerian striker Kingsley Chigozie put the Black and White ahead with only four minutes into the kick-off before Ameli doubled the lead four minutes into the second half as his header from a Mohammad Linkon corner deflected off Arambagh defender Rocky before entering the right side of baffled goalkeeper Azam Khan.
Rocky helped his side stage a comeback as his assist allowed Sumon Ali to pull one back in the 80th minute before Nigerian forward came off the bench to score a brilliant equaliser in the last minute of stipulated time, leaving the Black and White stunned.
Meanwhile in the day's other game between two relegation-battling sides, Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra edged Farashganj Sporting Club 1-0 to almost secure their place in the league next season.
Ghanaian midfielder Abbas Inusah netted the all-important goal seven minutes after resumption as he headed home a cross from Shamol Ahmed Rony.
Muktijoddha climbed from 10th to eighth place with their fifth win in the league as they now have 17 points from 20 games while Farashganj are only a point ahead of bottom-placed Rahmatganj with 14 points with only two more rounds left in the league.
(Kingsley 4, Ameli 49) 2 Arambagh
(Sumon 81, Bukola 90)
(Abbas 52) 0 Farashganj
BJMC v Rahmatganj, 4:30pm
Saif Sporting v Sk Russel, 6:45pm
Both the games will be held at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka