A late goal by Nigerian forward Mfon Sunday Udoh steered Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra to semifinal of the Bashundhara Group Independence Cup Football when they edged past Chittagong Abahani Limited by 1-0 goal in the first quarterfinal match held today (Saturday) at Sheikh Fazlul Haque Mani Stadium in Gopalganj.
Sheikh Russel KC will now play against winners of the third quarterfinalist in the first semifinal match scheduled to be held on November 30 at the same venue.
Chittagong Abahani, who fought neck to neck with Sheikh Russel almost the proceeding, however failed to stage a fight back in the match in the remaining proceeding and finally they had to leave the field with empty hand.
Sheikh Russel KC already showed their consistence performance in the group phase matches and eventually they emerged as group A champions.
Sheikh Russel KC earlier played 1-1 draw with Fortis Football Club in their group opening match, blanked Bangladesh Navy Football Club by 2-0 goals in their second group match and emerged group A champions after beating Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited by 3-0 goals in their third match of the group.
While the port city team Chittagong Abahani Limited earlier beat AFC Uttara by 2-1 goals in their opening group B match, blanked Fakirerpool Young Men’s Club by 4-0 goals in their second group match but they lost 0-2 defeat to Bashundhara Kings in their third match to finish runners-up of the group B.
Sunday’s matches: Abahani Limited Dhaka vs Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club at Sheikh Fazlul Haque Mani Stadium in Goplaganj and Bangladesh Police Football Club vs Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra at Shaheed Dhirendranath Datta Stadium in Munshiganj.