Muktijoddha SKC will face Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club for second time in a row in the Federation Cup final after the all reds earned a dramatic victory in sudden death over Mohammedan Sporting Club in the second semifinal at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
After the stipulated 90 minutes and extra 30 minutes was locked at 1-1, Titumir Chowdhury appeared as the hero after the reds goalkeeper produced three saves which was followed by the winner from defender Anisul Alam Sweet’s seventh penalty as Muktijoddha won the nail-biting shootout 4-3
Earlier, Muktijoddha’s veteran forward Enamul Haque netted the opening goal in the first half from a penalty which was canceled out by Guinean striker Ismael Bangoura in the latter half.
Muktijoddha dominated the possession and midfield throughout the first-half with Senegalese forward Camara Sarba and former national striker Enamul playing vital roles.
However, the black and whites could have easily taken the lead in the 18th minute but midfielder Biplu Ahmed’s powerful strike from just outside the box came off the side post.
Muktis broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute after Mohammedan custodian Md Nehal brought down Camara Sarba inside the penalty area. Enamul stepped up and calmly converted the shot. He had the chance to double the lead, but his shot was off target just at the stroke of half-time.
Mohammedan’s comeback was on the back of more attacks as they managed to equalise in the 61st minute thanks to Ismail Bangoura’s superb finish.
A brilliant lobbed pass from substitute winger Mobarak Hossain Bhuiyan set up Bangoura who chipped the ball calmly over onrushing Titumir.
Naeemur Rahman Shahed came off the bench and tried his luck from 30 yards out only to see Nehal tip the ball out for a corner.
In the shootout, Camara missed the opening penalty but he was more happy to see Nurul Nayeem Faisal, Tawhidul Alam Sabuz, Mansa Sylla and Habibur Rahman Shohag miss consecutively for Mohammedan.