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BPL 2022-23: Flying start for Bashundhara Kings

Sheikh Russel KC will host Police Football Club at Bashundhara Kings Arena Saturday

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 9th December, 2022 06:23:25 PM
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The defending champions Bashundhara Kings made a winning start in the 15th Bangladesh Premier League 2022-23 after beating Bangladesh Championship League runners-up Azampur Football Club Uttara by 3-0 goals at their home at the Bashundhara Kings Arena of Bashundhara Sports Complex on Friday. 

Their Brazilian captain Robson Robinho struck first from a straight free-kick from inside the box in the 5th minute (1-0) while his compatriot forward Dorielton Gomes Nascimento and local forward Rakib Hossain extended the margin 3-0 within scoring one each in span of 10 minutes (19th to 29th minute). 

Dorielton, who scored 9 goals to become the top scorer in Independence Cup 2022-23, headed the ball into the net off a corner from another Brazilian midfielder Miguel Figueira Damasceno while Rakib buried the ball with a right footed close range shot off a short pass from Robson. 

The three-time BPL champions Kings earlier made a winning start in the ongoing domestic season 2022-23 as they for the second time clinched the Independence Cup title beating former champions Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra Ltd by 4(2)-1(2) goals last week. 

They beat Azampur FC by the same 3-0 goals margin in their Group A match of that competition in Gopalganj. 

In the day’s other matches, the BPL runners-up Dhaka Abahani Ltd played a 1-1 draw with BCL champions Fortis FC Ltd at the Shaheed Dhirendranath Stadium in Cumilla and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Ltd played a 2-2 draw with Rahamatgonj Muslim Friends Society at Sheikh Fazlul Haque Mani Stadium in Gopalganj. 

Players of Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Ltd

In Cumilla, Brazilian forward Luiz Carlos Caetano de Azevedo Junior put handed over a 1-0 lead to Fortis FC in the 36th minute but defender Riyadul Hasan Rafi equalized the margin for Abahani in the 90th minute. 

In Gopalganj, midfielder Koushik Barua took 1-0 lead for Sheikh Jamal DC with a left footer grounder in the 17th minute, but Brazilian forward Michael Vinicius Silva de Morais leveled the margin for Rahamatgonj MFS with a header in the 53rd minute (1-1). 

Within two minutes, Uzbek midfielder Otabek Valizhonov again took 2-1 lead for Sheikh Jamal utilizing a defensive error in the 55th minute, but Mohammed Munna again equalized for the old Dhaka outfit Rahamatgonj in the 65th minute (2-2).    

Meanwhile, Sheikh Russel KC will host Police Football Club at the Bashundhara Kings Arena and Mohammedan Sporting Club will take on Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra in Cumilla today, both at 2:30 pm.