Big-spending Bangladesh Premier League club Chittagong Abahani on Wednesday sacked coach Saiful Bari Titu after they dropped eight points in their last three matches to ruin their title prospect.
Last year’s runners-up Chittagong Abahani looked heading towards their maiden league title until the 17th round when they were leading the points table with 42 points, two points ahead of Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and three points clear of Dhaka Abahani.
But they lost their way when it mattered most after suffering two defeats in last three matches.
Lowly Muktijoddha Sangsad KC beat Chittagong Abahani 2-0 in the 18th round before they were held by Brothers Union 1-1.
Jamal dented their title hopes in the last match with a 3-1 win, leaving the side to third place with just two rounds of play.
They are now five points behind of five-time champions Abahani, who can lift the title in the next match if they can beat three-time champions Sheikh Jamal DC on Friday.
‘He [Titu] could not deliver as per our requirements. Besides, he could not motivate the players. That’s why we have terminated him,’ said Chittagong Abahani football committee chairman Ruhul Amin Tarafder.
Tarfadar added they parted away mutually as that Titu, who took the charge of the club before Sheikh Kamal International Club Championship held in March last year, was not also very keen to continue.
Assistant coach Julfiker Mahmud Mitu has been given the responsibility to coach the team till the rest of the league matches.
Titu is the latest high-profile coach of local clubs to leave the club without seeing out his contract.
Abahani’s Croatian coach Drago Mamic, Jamal’s Nigerian head coach Joseph Afusi, and Mohammedan’s Indian coach Syed Nayeemuddin also left their respective clubs before the league ended.
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