An arm from Nigerian striker Kenneth Ikechukwu helped Saif SC win 3-2 over six Abahani champions after four years in a Bangladeshi Premier League match at Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
In their first season in 2017-18, Saif surprised Abahani with a 1-1 draw in their maiden match during the Federation Cup before beating the country’s most successful club 2-1 in the reverse program of the Bangladesh Premier League after from a 3-2 defeat in the first league meeting. It was Abahani’s second defeat in the league by Saif SC in six league games.
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However, Saif SC were lucky to record their 11th victory in 20 games, as strikers Abahani Faisal Ahmed Shitol, Jewel Rana and Kervens Belfort wasted many opportunities before Saif took advantage of two counterattacks in five minutes to take the lead. 0 before Stop.
Saif SC goalkeeper Pappu Hossain also made two brilliant saves before the Nigerian duo of Ngwoke and John Okoli scored one goal each.
Okoli ran to the left to move the box before breaking it to Nguvek’s compatriot, who threw it into the air to find the net in the 43rd minute with substitute goalkeeper Sultan Ahmet looking helpless in a close position, while Okoli won. Sultan a ground from 25 meters at the break of the first half to double the margin.
After the restart, Belfort returned one with his second attempt in the 76th minute before Joel Rana led the failure to equalize the margin two minutes later.
Abahani goalkeeper Sultan showed inability to concede the third goal when Ngwekek drove one out of the area in the 81st minute. A third defeat left Abahani in third place, two points behind Sheikh Jamal, who has 42 points with one game in hand.
In the other match of the day, Bangladeshi police beat Muktijoddha Sangsad 3-1 to increase their tally to 22 points from 20 matches, seven more than the 11th Muktijoddha Sangsad.