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Abahani keep winning run

  • Published at 07:46 pm July 1st, 2019
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It was Abahani’s third consecutive victory in the league and fifth in a row including AFC cup wins and the latest result saw the Dhanmondi giants sit at second in the table with 42 points from 17 matches while Bashundhara have 46 from 16 games

Masih Saighani netted the winning goal once again as Abahani resumed their Bangladesh Premier League actions with a hard-fought 2-1 win over bottom-placed Team BJMC away at the rain-interrupted Shaheed Bulu Stadium in Noakhali on Monday.

Afghan defender Saighani carried on his excellent form from the AFC Cup to domestic league as his header earned the Sky Blues the winner at the hour mark after the opening half ended goalless, helping the reigning champions close the gap to four points with league leaders, Bashundhara Kings.

It was Abahani’s third consecutive victory in the league and fifth in a row including AFC cup wins and the latest result saw the Dhanmondi giants sit at second in the table with 42 points from 17 matches while Bashundhara have 46 from 16 games.

Abahani made only one change from their memorable AFC Cup win over Minerva Punjab last week as Nigerian striker Sunday Chizoba returned to the starting eleven in the place of suspended center-back Tutul Hossain Badsha. Full-back Rayhan Hasan partnered with Saighani at center-back while Saad Uddin returned to right-back position.

BJMC, who remained at the bottom of the table with only eight points, took the lead in the 26th minute thanks to Nigerian forward Samson Iliasu’s timely header followed by a corner.

Jewel Rana equalized the margin for Abahani in 40th minute as his header from the top of six-yard following a precise cross from Kervens Belfort bounced inside the net.

Saighani, who scored the only goal during 1-0 win against Minerva, sealed the victory at the hour mark with a glancing header following a Mamunul Islam’s long cross that entered home through the right edge.

Abahani’s Portuguese head coach Mario Lemos said after the game, “It was tough match as the players are bit tired travelling from India to Noakhali. The field is not in the best condition and also rained a lot during the game, but the players showed a lot of fight and got the win.”