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Abahani face Bashundhara in virtual title-decider

  • Published at 01:23 am May 19th, 2019
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Abahani players during training in Dhanmondi Saturday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

A win Sunday for the in-form Dhanmondi-based club is paramount as it will not only reduce their difference with Bashundhara Kings by one point, but also any other result will virtually end their hope of being victorious in the 13-team league

Abahani Limited registered a brilliant win against Indian side Chennaiyin FC last week but the Bangladesh Premier League champion got another big challenge of defending their title as they face league leader Bashundhara Kings Sunday.

The match will commence at 7pm at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka. 

Bashundhara, the cash-rich newcomer of the league, have been in scintillating form in the ongoing top-flight as they have won 12 out of their 13 matches so far, and the unbeaten side are on top with 37 points. 

On the other hand, Abahani have lost two matches thus far, including their first encounter against Bashundhara in Nilphamari and are second in the standing with 33 points. 

So, a win Sunday for the in-form Dhanmondi-based club is paramount as it will not only reduce their difference with Bashundhara by one point, but also any other result will virtually end their hope of being victorious in the 13-team league.

Abahani clinched a cliffhanger 3-2 against Chennaiyin at the same venue last week. 

Their experienced campaigner Mamunul Islam scored a late screamer in the dying moments to produce the crucial victory. 

And the holder will bank on the experience of Sunday Chizoba, the leading goalscorer with 10 strikes in the tournament so far, along with young local marksman Nabib Newaj Jibon, who has scored nine goals, and Haitian forward Kervens Belfort for scoring goals. 

Bashundhara in contrast will look forward to their World Cup playing star Daniel Colindres, Brazilian striker Marcos Vinicius and local goalscorer Motin Mia. 

In the dugout, it will be a battle of European tactics as Abahani’s Portuguese coach Mario Lemos will try to outwit Oscar Bruzon, Bashundhara’s Spanish coach to keep his side’s title run alive.