The all-important goal came in the 50th minute when Magalan Awala’s free-kick touched the back of the net after a deflection from Trinidadian defender Shane Anthony
Nigerian forward Magalan Awala, who is yet to be fully fit after suffering an injury during the recently concluded Independence Cup, inspired Chittagong Abahani Limited to a 1-0 win against Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra in their Bangladesh Premier League 2018-19 season opener Saturday at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.
Chittagong Abahani could have taken the lead in the ninth minute but Fahim Morshed’s shot from a long pass from Gambian midfielder Momodou Bah struck the goalpost.
It was then Muktijoddha’s turn to break the deadlock in the 24th minute but Japanese midfielder Yusuke Kato’s hit flew inches over the goal.
The all-important goal came in the 50th minute when Awala’s free-kick touched the back of the net after a deflection from Trinidadian defender Shane Anthony.
Muktijoddha had a couple of good chances to bring parity but Trinidadian forward Balo Famusa fluffed the line on both occasions.
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Goalkeeper Mohammad Nehal also put in a rearguard display, denying the Muktijoddha attacks in the latter stages of the second half.
Awala expressed delight after the game, “Very happy to have scored the goal. This goal has increased my confidence.”
Chittagong Abahani head coach Julfikar Mahmud Mintu also praised his disciple.
“Awala brought victory for the team despite playing with an injury. He deserves praise. He has to play even better in future,” said Mintu.
On the other hand, Muktijoddha head coach Abdul Quayyum Sentu said, “I am not frustrated with the performance of the team. If Famusa had scored, we could have grabbed a share of the points.”
Ctg Abahani 1 (Awala 50) 0 Muktijoddha