Abahani overpower Ctg namesake

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Apr 09,2019 | Updated: 22:43, Apr 08,2019


Dhaka Abahani’s Nabib Newaj Jibon celebrates his goal with team-mates during their Bangladesh Premier League football match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Monday. — BFF photo

Defending champions Dhaka Abahani defeated Chattogram Abahani by 2-0 goals in the Bangladesh Premier League football in a rain-interrupted match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Monday.
In the day’s another match at the Rafique Uddin Bhuiyan Stadium in Mymensingh, Arambagh Krira Sangha defeated bottom-run Team BJMC by 2-1 goals.
Dhaka Abahani took the lead 1-0 in the ninth minute when forward Nabib Newaj Jibon pushed the ball from goalmouth, connecting a cross from South Korean midfielder Minhyeok Ko from the right side of the six-yard box.
Nigerian forward Sunday Chizoba doubled the lead in the 19th minute when he headed the ball home from inside the box off a cross of Jibon from the right side.
Ctg Abahani could have taken the lead in the very third minute but heir Gambian midfielder Momodou Bah’s left-footed attempt from close range was denied by goalkeeper Shahidul Alam.
The match was halted in the 39th minute of the first half due to persistent rain and had remained suspended for around half an hour.
With the day’s win, Dhaka Abahani came hot on the heels of Bashundhara Kings who are topping the table with 28 points from 10 matches, which included nine wins and one draw.
Dhaka Abahani are trailing Kings by just one points now, having collected 27 points from 11 matches with nine wins against two losses.
In Mymensingh, Cameroonian forward Biyaga Paul Emile fired the net first for 1-0 in the very fourth minute for the winners while captain and midfielder Rabiul Hasan doubled the margin in the eighth minute.
BJMC captain and a Nigerian midfielder Samson Iliasu reduced the gap 1-2 in the 81st minute from a penalty kick.
Arambagh maintained their fifth position with 19 points, just one point behind the Saif Sporting Club, from 11 outings. Arambagh recorded six wins one draw and four losses.
The winless BJMC conceded seven losses against three draws and remained on their previous collection of three points.

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