• Friday, Oct 22, 2021
  • Last Update : 04:03 am

Abahani start AFC campaign with Manang win in Nepal

  • Published at 10:29 pm April 3rd, 2019
Abahani
Abahani players celebrate during their AFC Cup match against Manang in Kathmandu AFC

Abahani’s Afghan recruit Masih Saighani scored the only goal of the match in the 27th minute and despite a dominant display by the host, the Bangladesh club prevailed thanks to their goalkeeper Shahidul Alam Sohel and the defense, and left the ground with full three points

Abahani Limited made a dream start in the AFC Cup as they clinched a creditable away victory when they beat Nepalese side Manang Marshyangdi Club Wednesday in Lalitpur. 

Abahani’s Afghan recruit Masih Saighani scored the only goal of the match in the 27th minute and despite a dominant display by the host, the Bangladesh club prevailed thanks to their goalkeeper Shahidul Alam Sohel and the defense, and left the ground with full three points.

The men in Sky Blues failed to go beyond the group stage of the last two editions of this championship, but unlike the previous occasions they started this campaign with a win to raise their hope. 

Abahani underwent training at Kamalapur Stadium before leaving for Nepal and that paid rich dividends in the tie that was played on turf at ANFA Complex.

The Nepalese side were playing in the AFC Cup for the first time, in fact it was the first time a Nepalese side had participated in the group stage of the AFC Cup, and they started brightly in front of a vocal home crowd.

Manang got the first chance of the match but Bishal Rai saw his effort easily saved by goalie Shahidul in the fifth minute.

Anjan Bista then came close, but his shot too was well saved, this time at the near post.

The visitor took the lead against the run of play just before the half hour mark when Rubel Mia’s cross from the left flank was headed home by Saighani at the back post, silencing the home crowd. 

Far from being deterred, the home side continued to push forward and came close again when Anjan’s header went just wide of the target as Abahani took a 1-0 lead going into half time.

It was the home side who were in control again in the second half, but they struggled to find a way past a disciplined Abahani defence.

Their best chance came with 20 minutes remaining when the ball pinballed around the area, eventually falling to Afeez Olawale Oladipo who saw his effort saved on the second attempt by Shahidul. 

Abahani then came close to doubling their lead, but Sunday Chizoba’s curling effort from the edge of the area bounced back off the woodwork and the striker couldn’t readjust to get the rebound on target.

Shahidul, the hero of the match made another crucial save in the 78th minute when he once again denied Oladipo in the 78th minute. 

Abahani will play their second game of the tournament against Indian side Minerva Punjab on April 17 at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka. 

The other side of Group E is India’s Chennai FC. 

The top side of the group will qualify for the next round of the tournament.

RESULT

Manang 0 1 Abahani (Saighani 28)

53
Facebook 51
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail