Bangladesh Premier League champions Abahani Limited suffered a big blow ahead of their forthcoming AFC Cup campaign as their English midfielder Lee Andrew Tuck has joined Malaysian Premier League outfit Negeri Sembilan FA for the next season.
AFC Cup is scheduled from March 14 to 31 though the venues of the meet are yet to be decided.
Lee played a pivotal role in Abahani’s fifth league title by scoring 10 goals and assisting many for his team-mates.
Abahani were drawn in Group E of the AFC Cup alongside Maziya Sports & RC of the Maldives, winners of either JSW Bengaluru or Kingfisher East Bengal of India and winners of the South Zone Play-off.
The Sky Blue outfits tried their best to keep their key midfielder but Lee was determined to take a new challenge in the cash-rich Malaysian league for the first time in his career.
‘It’s a good chance for me to show my skills in Malaysia and it was a good offer. I have achieved what I wanted to in Bangladesh, so that’s why I have left’, said Lee to New Age through Facebook from Malaysia.
‘We tried our best to keep him [Lee] for the next season,’ said Abahani manager Sattyajit Das Rupu.
‘But he was adamant to play in the Malaysian league that is why we failed to renew the contract.’
Ahahani are also in doubt over the contract extension of their Austrian coach George Kottan, who is also a senior instructor of FIFA.
Abahani will begin their AFC Cup campaign on March 14 with the match against Maziya Sports & RC of Maldives.
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