National team left-back Rahmat Mia, who played as a right-back for Chittagong Abahani in the Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup, suffered an injury four minutes before the break while the key player in midfield, Jean Charles Didier, also left injured three minutes before the hour-mark
Chittagong Abahani Limited head coach Maruful Haque admitted after losing the final narrowly against Terengganu FC that the two forced substitutions made the job difficult for his side to come back to the game after conceding two early goals due to defensive errors.
National team left-back Rahmat Mia, who played as a right-back for Chittagong Abahani in the Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup, suffered an injury four minutes before the break while the key player in midfield, Jean Charles Didier, also left injured three minutes before the hour-mark.
“Rahmat and Didier’s injuries cost us a lot, especially Didier’s injury, because we linked our defence with the attacking half depending on him. We couldn’t play according to our plan after he left. Rahmat’s injury also limited our options in substitutions. We could have fielded two fresh players in the forward lines,” said Maruful at the post-match press conference Thursday.
The 50-year old coach also said Montenegrin striker Luka Rotkovic should have done better in front of goal and goalkeeper Mohammad Nehal could have saved the second goal if he was in a better position.
It was the first trophy for Mohammad Zain as the head coach.
Zain was the assistant coach of Terengganu but after their head coach left the club during the middle of the season, he took the responsibility.
“I’m happy with my first trophy. I’m developing the young players for the next tournament. I won some trophies with the youth teams before but first time with the senior team, and also first international trophy for the club,” said Zain.
“It was a fantastic tournament. Me and my players enjoyed the tournament, and great achievement for the club. It was not easy to play the opponent. I think we deserved to win the way we played the first match to the final,” said Zain, who also admitted that the injury of Didier gave them more confidence.
Player of the tournament and highest scorer Andrew Lee Tuck was an excited man.
“It’s been a tough tournament but the hard works paid off at the end. I didn’t expect to see full-packed crowd in the stadium. They never stopped giving up but we stayed compact and disciplined till the end,” said the Englishman.
Chittagong Abahani captain Jamal Bhuiyan was a little bit disappointed.
“We played very good football but we conceded two bad goals in the first half from where it became a very difficult game. I’m very disappointed but congratulations to the Malaysian team,” said Jamal, on loan from Saif Sporting Club for the tournament.