Abahani Limited and Dhaka Mariner Young’s got off to a flying start in Khaza Rahmatullah Club Cup hockey tournament, which began after a two-year gap at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium on Monday.
Defending champions Abahani thrashed Bangladesh Police Hockey Club 7-1 while Mariner handed a massive 8-0 defeat to Victory SC in the first ever domestic hockey match under newly-installed floodlight.
In the day’s first match, Abahani took on two minutes to break the deadlock through Mohammad Mohsin but had to wait for another 20 minutes before they doubled the margin.
Ruman Sarker tapped in from close in the 24th minute before Taher Ali made it 3-0 at the half time.
Abahani added three more goals within seven minutes after the break before Police pulled one goal back in the 55th minute.
The holders, who clearly lacked the physical fitness as the tournament started after long gap, wrapped up the victory in the 60th minute with another strike from Taher.
In the day’s second match, title contenders Mariner showed no mercy to neighbour Victoria as the Premier League champions muscled their power after forming a strong team in the season.
Hasan Jubair Niloy struck a brace while Mamunur Rahman Chayan, Moinul Islam Koushik, Hasin Arman, Nayim Uddin, Pushkor Khisha Mimo and Farhad Ahmed Shitul netted one goal apiece for a massive win.
Mariner, who appointed national coach Oliver Kurtz, also squandered a lot of scoring opportunities to remain content with 8-0 win.
Before the start of the opening match, one minute silence was observed for former general secretary and former national player Khaza Rahmatullah, who died on October 24.
Nadira Rahmatullah, wife of late Rahmatullah, was present among others in the opening ceremony.
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