Defender Yeasin Arafat became the first local player to score as Saif Sporting Club secured their second successive win in the 12th Bangladesh Premier League when they beat Mohammedan Sporting Club by 1-0 in Mymensingh on Monday.
Before Yeasin’s strike on Monday at the Rafiq Uddin Bhuiyan Stadium, all the previous nine goals from the first six matches of this season were scored by foreign players.
Mohammedan could have taken the lead in the 14th minute of the match but Nigerian midfielder Ugochukwu Obi Moneke’s free-kick from outside the box was punched to safety by Saif keeper Pappu Hossain.
Pappu again denied Obi from scoring as the Saif keeper saved the Nigerian’s fierce grounder from inside the box in the 35th minute.
After a barren first half, Yeasin broke the deadlock in the 55th minute with a header from inside the box following a free-kick by Kyrgyz Midfielder Murolimzhon Akhmedov.
After conceding the goal, Mohammedan pressed hard to level the margin but three attempts from their Malian forward Souleymane Diabate in the 61st, 68th and 93rd minutes failed to bear any fruit.
Earlier, Saif and Mohammedan both began their league campaigns with identical 1-0 wins against Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society and Arambagh Krira Sangha on February 14.
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