Brothers have already left the competition after losing both their Group A, matches while Sheikh Kamal Club Cup champions Chattogram Abahani and BPL champions Bashundhara will face each other on Friday to decide the group winners
Chattogram Abahani became the first team to reach the quarterfinals of the Federation Cup, along with Bashundhara Kings, after the port city club defeated Brothers Union 2-0 in their first match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium Sunday.
Brothers have already left the competition after losing both their Group A, matches while Sheikh Kamal Club Cup champions Chattogram Abahani and BPL champions Bashundhara will face each other on Friday to decide the group winners.
Chattogram Abahani went very close to scoring twice in the 17th minute, when Nixon Brizolara’s left-footed strike was fisted away superbly by Brothers keeper Titumir Chowdhury.
Moments later, Sajol made a goal-line clearance to deny Uzbek midfielder Shukur Ali’s effort.
Maruful Haque’s side continued to pile the pressure in the opening half. Rakib Hossain volleyed wide from six yards following a cross from Chinedu Mathew in the 29th minute.
Brazilian striker Nixon gave the port city club a deserved lead in the 34th minute, tapping home a fine cross from Rakib from the right flank.
A minute before half-time, Rakib had his own chance but his close-range attempt off a cross from captain and Ivorian midfielder Charles Didier was blocked by the keeper.
Brothers had an opportunity in the 75th minute when Uzbek forward Jonov Otabek’s low header from close-range missed after Nkwocha Kingsley’s cross hit the post.
Mathew doubled the lead in the 83rd minute, when the Nigerian winger dribbled past a couple of defenders on the left side of the box before his bullet shot at the near post gave the keeper no chance.
Maruful was happy with the performance and last-eight berth.
“We missed some chances but we played well. I am happy that we make it to the quarterfinals, now we want to be the group champions,” he said.
Brothers head coach Mohidur Rahman Miraj said: “We had only eight days of preparation and two of our foreign players are yet to join. So we had no target in this tournament, but look forward to the league.”
Meanwhile, the rest of the Federation Cup fixtures have been rescheduled and shifted by a day due to a felicitation program for freedom fighters to be organized by the Dhaka South and North City Corporations today, informed BFF's competitions manager Zaber Bin Taher Ansari.
Matches that were scheduled for Monday will be held Tuesday.
Brothers Union: Titumir Chowdhury; Tuychibayen Murodjon, Md Sajol, Ebrahim Hossain, Arup Kumar Baidya (Rahad Mia); Md Sujon (Jewel), Shofiqul Islam, Mezbah Uddin, Faisal Mahmood, Jonov Otabek; Nkwocha Kingsley.
Chattogram Abahani: Azad Hossan; Monjurur Rahman, Shawkat Russel, Nasirul Islam, Monir Alam; Shukur Ali (Manik Hossain), Charles Didier, Monaem Khan Raju, Rakib Hossain (Kawser Rabby), Chinedu Mathew (Mannaf Rabbi); Nixon Brizolara.
Brothers 0 Chattogram Abahani 2 (Nixon 34’, Mathew 83’)