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Saif sink Nofel into relegation zone

  • Published at 10:14 pm July 23rd, 2019
BPL

Despite the victory Saif Sporting remained at fourth in the table with 44 points from 22 matches while NoFel remained at the relegation zone with 16 points from 22 matches

Saif Sporting Club returned to winning ways in the Bangladesh Premier League after handing relegation-battled NoFeL Sporting Club a convincing 3-0 defeat at Shaheed Bulu Stadium in Noakhali on Tuesday.

Saif Sporting, who started the game without their suspended captain-cum-midfielder Jamal Bhuiyan and defender Asaduzzaman Bablu, went ahead early in the game thanks to their in-form Colombian forward Deiner Cordoba’s goal with five minutes into the clock.

Young midfielder Faysal Ahmed Fahim doubled the lead two minutes into the second half before Uzbek midfielder Otabek Zokirov sealed the victory in the 69th minute.

Despite the victory Saif Sporting remained at fourth in the table with 44 points from 22 matches while Nofel remained at the relegation zone with 16 points from 22 matches.

At the bottom-end of the table, NoFeL have two points less than Brothers Union, who came from behind with an injury-time goal to play out a 2-2 draw against Rahmatganj MFS and get a crucial point in the lone match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

It was Rahmatganj who dominated the initial stage of the game after two decent chances squandered by Landing Darboe and Siyo Zunapio. Gambian forward Landing opened the scoring in the 21st minute as he slotted home calmly into the near post from the right side of the box.

After seeing his free-kick denied by the woodwork in the late opening half, Sudanese forward Joseph Saeed Moga equalized two minutes into the second half with a grounded placing into the far post from just outside the box.

Brothers reduced to ten men in the 72nd minute when South Korean midfielder Park Jaehyeong received straight red card for hitting an opponent player.

Landing scored his second to give the Old Dhaka outfits the lead again two minutes before the stipulated time after utilizing a long cross but the delight didn’t last long as Mannaf Rabby restored the parity in the 95th minute from a penalty after which the final whistle was blown.

Rahmatganj now have 20 points from 22 matches while Brothers are two points behind playing same number of outings.

Results

NoFel 0 – 3 Saif Sporting (Deiner 5, Fahim 48, Otabek 70)

Rahmatganj 2 (Landing 21, 88) – 2 Brothers (Moga 47, Mannaf 90+5)