Sun, Aug 04, 2019 8:08

All hail Kings


Bashundhara Kings dominated since the start of the match and broke through Chittagong’s defence a couple of times in the opening.


Bashundhara Kings were handed over the trophy of Bangladesh Premier League 2018-2019 season as they ended the season with a 1-1 goal draw against Chittagong Abahani at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital on Saturday.

Earlier on July 25, Bashundhara Kings confirmed their title with two matches at hand with their draw against Mohammedan Sporting Club at their home ground Sheikh Kamal Stadium in Nilphamari.

Bashundhara Kings dominated since the start of the match and broke through Chittagong’s defence a couple of times in the opening.

Bashundhara Kings took the lead on the 18th minute of the match as Marcos Vincius’s long hauler was fidgeted by Abahani defender Muftah Lawal and the ball strolled into the nets giving no chance to the keeper.

On the 34th minute, Motin Mia’s cut back could not be utilised to perfection by Coldindres as he stumbled into the puddle in Chittagong Abahani’s D-box and could not receive the ball with the required momentum.

In the 38th minute of the match, Ctg Abahani’s Gambian forward Momodou Bah’s header from a deflection went a feet north of the Kings’ far post.

Just moments before the end of the first half, a controversial decision by referee led a penalty kick to be awarded to Saif. Bashundhara goalie Anisur Rahman Ziko slammed on to Saif forward Kingsley Chigozie in an attempt to fend off the unguarded Bashundhara D-box.The fateful tackle was all that was necessary for Saif to stage a comeback in the match.

Saif defender Daniel Tagoe took the penalty and restored parity to the scoreline.

In the added time of the first half a slow motion back and forth in Saif’s D-box saw, Daniel find a brilliant opportunity as he found a 1:1 with Saif goalie that too from some 7 yards from the post but Colindres’s bulleting shot was fisted away brilliantly by Ctg Abahani goalie Md Nehal.

In the second half, the match lost a lot of momentum partly because of the heavy drizzle in the half-time break. Bashundhara Kings looked set to dominate even in the dreary second half. Their Brazilian Magician Marcos’ brilliant free-kick in the 33rd minute of the second half went kissing Saif’s far post.

In the final minutes of the match, Bashundhara desperately looked for a decider and broke through Saif’s defence multiple times in the course of minutes. Four minutes were added to the play which eventually amounted to six minutes. The match picked up pace and Bashundhara Kings forward Masuk Miah Zony’s breathtaking shot was fended off by Nehal in the final minutes of the match.

Bashundhara Kings eventually ended their maiden run in the league with 63 points to their name. Dhaka Abahani came second with 58 points while Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra clinched the third spot in this wildly competitive edition of the tournament.

Full list of awards

Player of the Tournament: Robiul Hasan (Arambagh)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Ashraful Islam Rana (Sk Russel)

Top Scorer: Raphael Odoyin (Sk Russel)

Best Player of the League: Daniel Colindres (Bashundhara Kings)

Best Coach: Oscar Bruzon (Bashundhara Kings)

Fair Play Award: Sk Russel