Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Friday announced Dhaka Abahani Limited midfielder Sohel Rana as the winner of this week’s AFC Cup 2019 Goal of the Week after a public vote on its official website.
The Bangladeshi midfielder got 57 percent of vote (26088 votes) while his nearest contender Nguyen Quang Hai of Vietnamese club Hanoi FC got 40 percent of vote (18108 votes).Six-time BPL champions Dhaka Abahani Limited continued their fairytale performance in the AFC Cup beating April 25 Sports Club (4.25) of North Korea by 4-3 goals in the first leg home match of the inter-zonal playoff semifinals at Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Wednesday (August 21).
In the 33rd minute, Sohel Rana helped Dhaka Abahani to break the deadlock scoring first goal of the match by his left-footed long range shot from outside of the box, utilising a pass of Mohammad Nabib Newaz Ziban.
The popular Dhanmomdi-outfit and the Bangladesh champions, Abahani Limited, repeated the feat after 31 years after another Bangladesh team Dhaka Mohammedan SC beat April 25 SC by 1-0 goal in the first leg match of the Asian Club Championship in 1988-89 season.
To confirm their spot in the inter-zonal playoff finals for the first time, Abahani Ltd need a draw against April 25 SC in their away match on August 28 at the Kim-ll-Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea.