Invincible Kings clinch BPL title

    Invincible Kings clinch BPL title
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    The Bashundhara Kings’s players oust their Spanish coach Oscar Bruzon as they celebrate the retention of the Bangladeshi Premier League title with four games in hand after beating Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club 2-0 yesterday. PHOTO: AMRAN HOSSAIN

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    The Bashundhara Kings’s players oust their Spanish coach Oscar Bruzon as they celebrate the retention of the Bangladeshi Premier League title with four games in hand, after beating Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club 2-0 yesterday. PHOTO: AMRAN HOSSAIN

    The winning champion Bashundhara Kings retained the Bangladeshi Premier League title after losing 2-0 to three-time champion Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club at Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

    Brazilian duo Robson Da Silva and Jonathan Fernandes scored one goal each to deliver the second trophy of the season to the Kings, who have taken the unbeaten lead in the 13-team table with 55 points from 20 games.

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    Sheikh Jamal, on the other hand, dropped to third place with 39 points from 19 games after Abahani Dhaka beat Arabbagh KS 6-1 in the second game of the day, scoring a hat-trick from Joel Rana to reach in second place 40 points from 20 exits.

    . Reinforced with the first trophy of the season in the Federation Cup, the Kings recruited two Brazilians, an Argentine and an Iraqi who all had a great run from the start of the league, scoring seven consecutive victories. The inconsistent performances of Abahani and Sheikh Jamal meant that the fight for the title in the middle had turned into a horse race with the Kings at least eight points ahead of their two closest rivals.

    Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi suspended Shafiqul Islam Manik’s coach just hours before their crucial draw with the Bashundhara Kings. “I was verbally asked not to accompany the team. “They will inform me in writing tomorrow (Tuesday)”, said Manik.

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    Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi suspended Shafiqul Islam Manik’s coach just hours before their crucial draw with the Bashundhara Kings. “I was verbally asked not to accompany the team. “They will inform me in writing tomorrow (Tuesday)”, said Manik.

    The gap continued to widen during the second leg of the league as the Kings maintained their momentum with Abahani and Sheikh Jamal often dropping points. That paved the way for the Kings to win the title in record time, with four games left.

    “There were a lot of things at the start of the season. Our management surprised us by providing the best facilities, the best players, confidence and support throughout the season. The credit goes to the players. I think we completed a great season full of ups and downs. we worked knowing that this season would be important, I think we played the perfect BPL and we still have a big tournament ahead [AFC Cup in Maldives]”I’m excited to win back titles,” said Oscar Bruzon, Kings’ Spanish coach, after the match.

    The Kings certainly did not want to delay the party this time unlike their first season 2018-19, in which they had prepared to celebrate the title triumph with a victory over Sheikh Russel KC in their 21st match, with two games in hand. However, they lost 0-1. Yesterday, the Kings held their nerves to get the result in their favor despite the initial outburst of Sheikh Jamal who had to play the match without coach Shafiqul Islam Manik, after the club’s management terminated Manik three hours before the match.

    Sheikh Jamal seemed to have a lack of ideas without their coach, as well as the absence of hard-working Uzbek midfielder Yonov Otabek, who usually launches most attacks in conjunction with Solomon King for the awesome Gambian striking duo Sobhom Jillah . Surviving Sheikh Sheikh Jamal’s initial burst of pressure, the Kings established their power in the match, thanks to a 21-minute shot by Robson, who returned home from 25 meters to increase his goal to 19.

    Jamal then tried to reveal the Kings’ background, but Silach refused carpentry in the 43rd minute before the tall striker was sent off three minutes later.

    After the restart, both sides fought equally before Jonathan doubled the lead with a strong move out of the box in the 62nd minute, while in the 83rd minute, substitute Emon Hossein hit the crossbar.

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