The Black and Whites proved once again that when they face Abahani they are a completely different side irrespective of their position in the table
Mohammedan Sporting Club stunned Abahani Limited with the biggest-margin win over their archrivals in the Bangladesh Premier League as the Black and Whites won the season’s last Dhaka Derby by 4-0 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Former national forward Toklis Ahmed netted a brace in the opening half while Malian forward Souleymane Diabate scored one and assisted two to star in Mohammedan’s first win over Abahani in four years.
The defeat almost put the Sky Blues out of the two-horse title race where new powerhouse Bashundhara Kings topped the table with seven-point lead with a game in hand. Abahani now have 51 points from 21 matches and if they lose another match out of the rest three or Bashundhara gets a win in their next match, Bashundhara will be confirmed as champions.
The Black and Whites proved once again that when they face Abahani they are a completely different side irrespective of their position in the table. Mohammedan also distanced them further from the relegation zone with the win as they moved to ninth place with 20 points from as many matches.
It was however Abahani, who started without injured Haitian forward Kervens Belfort, created the first chance in the fifth minute when Jewel Rana was in a vantage position in the middle of the box but the winger’s poor first touch couldn’t trouble Mohammedan defence.
Toklis took the lead in the 17th minute when Souleymane did a great job to dribble past Abahani keeper Shahidul Alam Sohel into the left side before cutting the ball back to unmarked Toklis who slotted home into an empty net.
Toklis doubled the lead in the added minute of the first half when his powerful strike from outside the box followed by a pass from Jahid Hasan Ameli was deflected off Abahani defender Tutul Hossain Badsha before it flew inside the net.
Souleymane, who continued to threaten Abahani defence, extended the lead five minutes after the break with brilliant solo effort. The Malian skipped past Badsha and Masih Saighani to break into the right side of the box before smashing home with a left-footer.
Ameli made it 4-0 in the 66th minute with low-lying header into the near post following a high cross of Souleymane from the right side.
Abahani was unlucky not to get a goal at least in the second half. Mohammedan keeper Pappu Hossain produced a brilliant diving save to deny Sunday Chizoba’s glancing header at the hour mark. Saighani saw one of his efforts hit the side post and another went inches wide off the post.
Meanwhile, former national midfielder Anamul Haque Sharif finally decided to hang his boot and called it’s a day to his 16-year long career yesterday. Sharif, who made his national team debut in 2006, played for Mohammedan from 2005 to 2011 before joining Sheikh Jamal where he stayed until 2016. He regrouped with Mohammedan in 2017 but couldn’t make it into the squad this season due to injury.