Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra thrashed Arambagh Krira Chakra by 1-0 goal in their first match of Bangladesh Premier League at Rofiqe Uddin Bhuiyan Stadium in Mymensingh on Sunday.
The 2012-2013 season champions were on the move from very early in the match. Under the guidance of Saiful Bari Titu, Sheikh Russel followed a circumstantial strategy whereby they go on a complete defensive plot against a comparatively stronger side and put the foot on the pedal against weaker opponents.Titu’s strategy paid off as their trusty Uzbek forward Azizov Alisher bulleted a stunner into Arambagh’s post on the 3rd minute of the match. He capitalised on a goal-line melee to earn the early lead for the treble winners.
After taking the lead, Sheikh Russel went to their regular strategy of defending the lead. Arambagh launched numerous attacks but couldn’t do much damage.
On the 38th minute, Sheikh Russel goalie Ashraful Islam Rana’s skill appeared to be too good for Arambagh attacking formation. Arambagh’s Cameroonian forward Paul Emile’s blasting right footer off the cross of Jahid Hasan was gloved to perfection by Sheikh Russel goalie.
Sheikh Russel went on strategic defence once again. But Arambagh’s Robiul Hasan missed his opportunity to equalise the score-line on the final moments of first half as his free-kick missed the post by couple of inches.
Sheikh Russel went into half-time preserving their lead of 1-0.
Sensing the desperation of Arambagh booters, Sheikh Russel went forward with high density passes in the midfield and took the control of the ball. Despite the onslaught, panic-gripped Arambagh ranks managed to survive the attacks and not concede any more goals.Meanwhile in the other match of the day at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital, Mohammedan Sporting Club Ltd brushed past Team BJMC by 2-1 goals.
Mohammedan ace overseas recruit Kingsley Chigozie’s brace gave the traditional sporting outfit a brilliant start in the tournament.
The match was a perfect thriller with packed drama all-round. Kingsley gave Mohammedan the all-important lead on the 34th minute of the match.
Team BJMC came back hard with their prized Asian recruit Mukhamedov Otabek equalising the scoreboard with a stunning right-footer on the final minute of first half’s added time.
Both the teams resumed their play with equal zeal cutting through each other’s defence looking for the elusive goal.
Finally Kingsley Chigozie earned the goal for Mohammedan on the 93rd minute of the match and gave the much important season opener for the black and whites.