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Abahani, Bashundhara lock horns in exciting finale

  • Published at 09:55 pm November 22nd, 2018
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Abahani captain Shahidul Alam Sohel (2R) and his Bashundhara Kings counterpart Towhidul Alam Sabuj (C) pose with the Federation Cup trophy in Dhaka Thursday BFF

The finale will also be a mini battle between two prolific scorers of these sides as Sunday Chizoba and Daniel Colindres are in hot form for Abahani and Bashundhara respectively

Abahani Limited will look forward to clinching their hat-trick of titles, while the new sensation of local football, Bashundhara Kings, will be eager to win their first silverware as the two teams battle in the Federation Cup final Friday at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.

The game begins at 5pm and Channel i will telecast it live. 

Both teams maintained supremacy and showcased wonderful football en route to the final, and the grand finale is expected to be a pulsating contest between experience and exuberance.

The tactical battle will also be interesting with local wizard Jakaria Babu planning for Abahani’s success as coach while Spanish head coach Óscar Bruzón Barreras will make tactical plans in Bashundhara’s dugout. 

The finale will also be a mini battle between two prolific scorers of these sides as Sunday Chizoba and Daniel Colindres are in hot form for Abahani and Bashundhara respectively. 

Both the men scored four goals each so far, and are on top of the goal-scorers’ list.

The result of their mini battle may ultimately prove to be the deciding factor in the grand war. 

Babu seemed very confident about his team and believes his side will deservedly win the coveted trophy. 

He especially mentioned the result of his team’s last two matches as the Dhanmondi-based side scored seven goals in the quarter-final and the semi-final. 

“We are ready for [Friday's] final. Abahani have come to the position that they naturally deserve. I hope we will perform like our last two matches, and become champion,” said Babu in the pre-final press conference Thursday. 

Abahani will get extra encouragement, given their winning pedigree, and victory here will present them their 11th title in the competition, making the club the most successful in the competition. 

Currently the popular side share the onus with their arch-rival, now fallen giant, Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited with 10 titles. 

But their players are unfazed by the occasion, claimed captain Shahidul Alam Sohel. 

 “We will treat it just like any other match. I have been playing for Abahani for over 10 years and helped them win many titles. There is nothing to be unfazed, I will just focus on the ball,” said Sohel. 

On the other hand, the Bashundhara camp is also confident of winning as assistant coach Abu Faisal Ahmed thinks his side will become the ultimate winner. 

“I think our team are the favourite. We constantly played well throughout the tournament and we have nobody to fear,” said Faisal in the presser. 

Bashundhara skipper, Towhidul Alam Sabuj - who scored the solitary goal of the semi-final in the 118th minute after coming on as a substitute at half-fit state against Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra - was also confident of glory for his cash-rich side. 

“We are just one match away from winning the whole thing. We hope we will win and satisfy our officials,” said Sabuj. 

Both sides also believe their striker will have the final laugh. 

Babu said Sunday will be more lethal as he is back in form scoring a hat-trick in the semi-final against Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club while Sabuj informed that Colindres will be more of a threat as the Costa Rican not only scores, but also provides assists. 

Irrespective of the winner in the battle, Dhaka is almost guaranteed a thrilling final.

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