Bashundhara Kings’ home venue, Sheikh Kamal Stadium in Nilphamari, have taken a brand new look as Bashundhara Kings started a new season in their pursuit of holding on to the reign of Bangladesh’s domestic football and spread their sphere of domination in international arena with AFC Cup.
The whole stadium has dawned Bashundhara Kings themed colours. With the deep orange-red and white harmoniously coexisting and Bashundhara Kings written in huge letters, it surely is a sight to see.Earlier on Thursday, A late-strike from Costa Rican world-cupper Daniel Colindres helped Defending Champions Bashundhara Kings to secure a 1-0 win over Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) Runners-up Uttar Baridhara Sporting Club in the opening match of the twelfth edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at the new-look Sheikh Kamal Stadium.
Kings clinched their maiden BPL crown in their first appearance in league in the previous season securing 63 points from 20 wins, 3 draws and a defeat from all 24 matches while Dhaka Abahani finished runners-up earning 58 points from 24 matches from 19 wins, a draw and 4 defeats.
The champions recorded the biggest home win of the season beating Brothers Union FC by 5-0 goals at this lucky stadium.
This year, thirteen teams are going to take part in the double-league format. A total of 312 matches, split into 26 rounds, will be held at country’s seven different venues — Bangabandhu National Stadium, Rafiq Uddin Bhuiyan Stadium, Sheikh Kamal Stadium, Sylhet District Stadium, Sheikh Fazlul Haque Mani Stadium in Gopalganj, Shaheed Bulu Stadium in Noakhali and Shaheed Salam Stadium in Feni.
Kings also clinched title of the season-curtain raiser Federation Cup beating Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society by 2-1 goals in the final of the 31st edition of the meet on January.
Kings inked a 10-month deal with Argentine striker Hernan Barcos for BPL second phase and AFC Cup. Kings extended their contract with their forward Daniel Colindres and signed Argentine defender Nicolas Delmonte, Tajik defender Akhtam Nazarov, and Kyrgyz midfielder Baktyir Duishobekov.But, the champions were handed huge blows as their local aces Biplu Ahmed, Matin Mia, Atiqur Rahman Fahad and Masuk Miah Zoni are injured.