New hockey season’s curtain rising tournament Khaza Rahmatullah Club Cup starts today at Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium in the absence of some key clubs, including four-time champions Mohammedan Sporting Club.
Mohammedan, Wari Club, Bangladesh SC, Wanderers Club, Azad SC and Sadharan Bima have decided to skip the tournament citing lack of preparations while other local giants Usha KC did not sign any player during the recent transfer window.
Holders Abahani will take on Bangladesh Police Hockey Club at 5:00pm in the opening game before league champions Dhaka Mariner Young’s Club play against Victoria SC under the floodlight.
This will be the first time the floodlights of the stadium will be used for a domestic tournament, which had been installed before last year’s Asia Cup.
Apart from Abahani, Police, Mariner and Victoria, only Sonali Bank and Ajax are participating in the tournament with six teams, splitting into two groups, will be playing in the round-robin phase.
Top two teams from each group will qualify for the semi-final.
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