Dinajpur Under-12 team and Nilphamari senior team claimed their places in the finals of their respective categories of Bashundhara Kings Cup after the semi-finals played at Rangpur District Stadium on Friday.
In the day’s first match of junior category, Nilphamari and Gaibandha had an equally competitive match. A strong competition between the two teams in the first half forced the game to go for lemon break with 0-0 in scoreboard.The second half of the match also saw a tight fight between the teams and the boys attacked on frequent occasions to penetrate through opponent’s defence. However, credit should be given to the defenders and especially the goalkeepers who were the reason to end the regulated 90 minutes with no goal on the board.
The referee then decided to declare the winners through penalty shootout.
Gainbandha’s Sujon took the first shot and easily tricked Dinajpur goalie Rifat to break the deadlock. Dinajpur’s captain Showrov came in to level the score but failed to convert their first attempt to a successful strike.
Gaibandha’s Antor and Dinajpur’s Nicholas made goals in the second shots of their side and the result became 2-1.
The third shot of both the U-12 teams were saved by the goalkeepers as the score remained unchanged.
Gaibandha’s Nirob missed a valuable chance as his shot didn’t even touch the goalpost bars and Dinajpur capitalised the opportunity and took the goal tally to 2-2 with successful shot.The fifth shot—the decider also turned the tables as both teams scored successfully.
Then the exciting contest switched to sudden death where the team with first missed chance will lose. However, the semi-finalists were not in mood to give up and their goalkeepers saved the first attempts.
In second chance, Gaibandha’s Rakib’s shot was saved by Dinajpur goalie Rifat and Dinajpur’s Justin propelled his side with the most expected score of the day. Dinajpur boys had the last laugh of the day with 4-3 on the board.
Bangladesh Football Federation coach Altaful Haque and Bashundhara Kings Sports Development In-charge Shafiqul Islam Manik were present on the semi-final. Altaful Haque awarded the man of the match award to Dinajpur’s goalkeeper Rifat for his excellent performance.
Shafiqul Islam Manik said: “I congratulated both the teams for a great match. Tie-breaker is also a luck and Gaibandha boys missed by a little bit. Thanks to the players for participating in the tournament. I hope the final will also be an exciting contest.”
In the first semi-final of senior category, Braces from Siyo Zunapiyo and Morshedul guided Nilphamari to beat Gaibandha by 4-1 goals.
Zunapiyo, the forward from Congo, put the winners in the driving seat with his first goal in the early 5th minute of the match. Morshdeul doubled Nilphamari’s lead after 15 minutes. The first half finished 2-0.
Gaibandha managed to score their first and only goal from a penalty shot in the second half. Moshiur scored the solitary goal for the losers.
Zunapiyo and Morshedul both netted one goal in the second half to take the goal margin to 4-1. Morshedul was awarded player of the match trophy for his contribution in the victory.
In today’s semi-finals, Nilphamari will take on Panchagarh in junior category at 2:00pm while Dinajpur men will lock horns with Thakurgaon in the senior section semi at 3:30pm. Both the matches will be played at Rangpur District Stadium.
The biggest football tournament of Rangpur division, Bashundhara Kings Cup Football Tournament-2018 began on May 4 in Rangpur aiming to restore footballs’ lost popularity. The eight districts of Rangpur division are participating in the event.
The 11-day tournament will conclude on May 14 with champions of both categories.