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Saif hit Brothers for half a dozen

Saif now have maximum six points, Baridhara and Arambagh have three points each having played two matches, while bottom side Brothers are all but out of the season opener with no points

Update : 27 Dec 2020, 12:40 AM

Saif Sporting Club all but assured a Federation Cup quarter-final berth after thrashing hapless Brothers Union 6-1 in their second Group B match at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka Saturday night.

Ikechuku Engoke led the way for Joseph Put’s side with a brace, while Yeasin Arafat, Arifur Rahman, Miraj Hossain and Sajjad Hossain netted one apiece for one of the tournament favorites alongside holder Bashundhara Kings and Abahani Limited.

Saif now have maximum six points, Uttar Baridhara Club and Arambagh Krira Sangha have three points each having played two matches, while bottom side Brothers are all but out of the season opener with no points.

Saif, who beat Uttar Baridhara 3-0 in their first game, opened the scoring in the 16th minute when Nigerian forward Engoke ran on to a through pass from compatriot midfielder John Okoli and hit the back of the net.

Yeasin’s deflected free kick in the 36th minute doubled Saif’s lead before the tie went into the first half break.

Uttar Baridhara Club kept alive their chances of progressing to the Federation Cup quarter-final after edging Arambagh Krira Sangha 3-2 in a Group B thriller at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka Saturday.

Posted by Sports Tribune on Saturday, 26 December 2020

Brothers, who lost their opening match to Arambagh 2-0, further went behind as Saif made it 3-0 in the 48th minute when Arifur placed home from an Engoke cross.

Saif could’ve quadrupled their lead but the Brothers defenders were alert in the 52nd minute to kick the ball to safety after goalkeeper Titumir Chowdhury made a half-save from Engoke’s shot off a Faisal Ahmed Fahim cross.

Engoke did find the net again in the 65th minute as he beat Titumir before Miraj coolly made it 5-0 in the 78th minute from an Arifur cross.

Arifur was again provider three minutes later as Sajjad scored Saif’s sixth.

Congo forward Siyo Zunapiyo’s goal from the penalty spot in injury time was nothing but a mere consolation for Brothers.

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