Saif Sporting Club strolled to a comfortable 3-0 win over Uttar Baridhara Club
Young forward Foysal Ahmed Fahim scored one and assisted another as Saif Sporting Club strolled to a comfortable 3-0 win over Uttar Baridhara Club in their Walton Federation Cup 2020 opener at the Bangabandhu National Stadium Wednesday.
Arambagh Krira Sangha also made winning start as they defeated underprepared Brothers Union 2-0 in the day’s second match, a lackluster affair of the same group at the same venue.
First half of the Group B opening fixture was also a dull show but Saif Sporting came up better organized after the break under Belgian head coach Paul Joseph Put in charge to make his winning debut in Bangladesh.
The new coach fielded Rahmat Mia at right back but the national defender used to play for both club and country on the left side. Young center-back Riyadul Hasan Rafi was given captain’s armband in place of Jamal Bhuiyan while Fahim started on left wing.
It was an own goal that put Put’s side ahead four minutes into the second half. Egyptian defender Abdel Rahim sent Uzbek midfielder Sirojiuddin Rakhmatullaev’s deflected cross into his own net.
Fahim set up new Nigerian striker Kenneth Ngwoke for his maiden goal at the club. Kenneth drifted past his markers to slot home calmly from the top of the box in the 63rd minute.
The 18-year-old extended the lead and sealed the victory seven minutes later. Receiving a through from another Nigerian debutant John Okoli, Fahim broke into the edge and placed past onrushing keeper Azad Hossen.
Earlier, Baridhara’s Uzbek midfielder Evgeniy Kochnev had his effort punched by Pappu Hossain in the 21st minute while Kenneth fired inches over with a left-footer, only notable actions in the first half.
Put admitted of lack of concentration and taking possession for why they couldn’t make tempo in the opening hour but content with the win as well as the confidence his gained from the first game.
Meanwhile, Arambagh boys gifted their new Indian head coach Subrata Bhattacharya a winning debut but Brothers were nowhere near to their usual game with only two day’s pre-season preparation.
The Gopibagh outfits however had a great chance in the 34th minute but Arambagh goalkeeper Abul Kashem Milon tipped away Joseph Nur Rahman’s fine effort.
Nigerian striker Christopher Chizoba volleyed past Brothers keeper Titumir Chowdhury at near post after collecting a fine lob from almost halfway to take the lead just before the break.
Murad Hossain Chowdhury doubled the lead in the 90th minute with an unexpected low grounder from 20 yards out leaving the opponent keeper puzzled.