BPL ends with dubious result

Rahmatganj stay with win over Saif, Farashganj relegated

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Jan 14,2018 | Updated: 00:39, Jan 14,2018

 
 

The curtain on the Bangladesh Premier League football fell on Saturday after grueling five months with Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society posting a surprising 2-0 win over Saif Sporting Club.
The result ensured Rahmatganj to stay in the top-flight for the next season with 18 points and relegated its neighbour Farashganj Sporting Club, who got one point less.
Saif, who fielded not foreign player and conceded two easy goals in the first half, missed out an opportunity to finish third and ended their maiden campaign in the fourth place with 41 points.
Farashganj thought that they had done enough to avoid relegation once they beat Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club 3-1 in a questionable game but Rahmatganj, who had no choice but to win, did one better by posting their only third win in 22 matches.
Naimur Rahman Shahed hit the back of the net within two minutes of the game before Mohammad Sohel volleyed home to double the advantage in 34th minute.
Rahmatganj coach Kamal Babu denied that there was any compromise between the two teams before the game though he admitted to have made Saif the offer.
‘We actually tried, and told them that, brother, if Sheikh Jamal can save other club then why not you save us?,’ said Kamal.
‘They replied that they cannot do such thing even if the world falls apart. Win it on the field if you can. The players took it as do-or-die match and gave their best and the both goals we scored were excellent.’
Saif said they fielded no foreigner as they considered this game as a trial run for upcoming Independence Cup as the BFF recently decided that the tournament would be held without foreign players.
The match was not live on television unlike the other matches of the league, which, however, raised a suspicion of match-fixing.
Blueline Communications, a production house of Saif PowerTec, was in charge of live broadcast of the matches. 

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