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Kings eyeing to defend BPL title

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 12th January, 2022 11:08:33 PM
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Kings eyeing to defend BPL title

After having a disappointing start in the ongoing season 2021-22, the Bangladesh giants Bashundhara Kings are now eyeing to defend their Bangladesh Premier League football title.

The club ended their Independence Cup campaign last month with a frustrating note as they lost the title to Dhaka Abahani Ltd who were able to enter into the final of the competition after five years.

Meanwhile, the big blows came when some serious injury cases in the squad forced Kings to pull out their participation from another important domestic competition ‘Federation Cup’ which could provide playoffs tickets for the AFC Cup 2023. Now, the Bangladeshi giants have no other option except to retain the BPL title for entering into the group stage of the AFC Cup directly.

Kings’ head coach Oscar Bruzon believes that his boys have been working hard and they are highly motivated as well to elevate their status. The Spaniard is also confident enough to defend their BPL title in style and make an impact on the upcoming AFC Cup.

 “All of us have been working hard at the team practices, concerned, motivated and determined to elevate our status. We have the most important tournaments ahead, it is our goal to defend the BPL title in style and make an impact on the upcoming AFC Cup,” Kings coach told The Daily Sun.

The BPL will start on February 3 with the participation of 12 clubs this year while the 2022 edition of the AFC Cup will kick off from April 5. This year-- two teams from Bangladesh – Bashundhara Kings and Dhaka Abahani Ltd – will get a chance to participate in the AFC Cup. Kings will directly enter into the group stage (South Asia Zone) as last season’s Bangladesh Premier League and Federation Cup champions while Dhaka Abahani will get a chance to play qualifying playoffs due to their third place in the last BPL.

The BPL runners-up Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club are supposed to play in the place of Dhaka Abahani there, but they failed to obtain an AFC license which made them ineligible for the upcoming competition.

Meanwhile, the draw ceremony of the AFC Cup 2022 will be held virtually on January 17 at 6:00pm (BST). A total of 28 member nations of AFC – spilt into five zones -- will take part in the ceremony.