“I think Rahmatganj will feel proud of this team, because they played in the final for the first time in the 87-year history of the club. I didn’t expect it to be such a competitive final. I am happy with the performance,” said Jilani
It was a special occasion for Rahmatganj players, supporters and head coach Syed Golam Jilani to be in the final of a professional tournament for the first time, and the performance of the old Dhaka outfit was applauded despite conceding two “unlucky” goals to lose the match.
“We gifted away both the goals. The first one was unfortunate as we conceded the goal while our key defender (Acrorov Asrorov) was out injured. The mistake Liton made for the second goal was an accident. I have no bad feelings, because we fought well against the best team,” Jilani said after the final.
To watch the 87-year-old club’s maiden final appearance, thousands of Rahmatganj fans filled the south-western corner of the Bangabandhu National Stadium, known as Abahani gallery. With yellow and green flags in hand, they playing vuvuzellas and waved large banners. A considerable number of their supporters were also at the north-western corner, known as Mohammedan gallery.
“I think Rahmatganj will feel proud of this team, because they played in the final for the first time in the 87-year history of the club. I didn’t expect it to be such a competitive final. I am happy with the performance,” said Jilani, who also guided the club in 2008.
Oscar Bruzon, who guided Bashundhara to a double last season as well as the Federation Cup title this year, also praised the efforts of Rahmatganj.
“I can only praise them. Last season, they tried to play defensive football, but this time their coach tried to play 50-50 and they did not wait for us. They tried to press hard from the first minute. It was an exciting match, but we won as the better side,” Bruzon said.
“We played very well according to our plan, and we are a team who had been in a commanding position on the pitch and created more chances than Rahmatganj,” he further said, adding that the trophy would inspire them ahead of their maiden AFC Cup campaign this year.