Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra and Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Ltd confirmed quarter-final berth as champions and runners-up from Group A of the ongoing season’s curtain-raiser Walton Federation Cup 2020.
Sheikh Russel KC, which had earlier beaten Bangladesh Police Football Club by 1-0 goal in their first group match on December 24, maintained an all-win record edging past Sheikh Jamal DC by 3-2 goals in a thrilling last group match at Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) on Wednesday.In the day’s match, defender Siyovush Asrorov, midfielder Ugochukwu Obi Moneke and substitute local forward Md Toklis Ahmed netted one goal each for Sheikh Russel while forward Solomon King Kanform scored twice from penalties for Sheikh Jamal.
Sheikh Russel took the lead in the 6th minute while Tajik defender Asrorov headed into the net, off a corner from Kyrgyz midfielder Baktyir Duishobekov (1-0). In the 39th minute, Sheikh Jamal’s local defender Rezaul Karim made a blunder in the midfield and failed to clear the ball. Nigerian midfielder Obi Moneke seized the opportunity and extended the margin (2-0).
Jamal’s Gambian defender Pa Omar Jobe shot off target in the 17th minute before scoring an off-side goal in the 26th minute while Sheikh Russel captain Ashraful Islam Rana denied a powerful shot from forward Sulayman Sillah.
After half-time, Jamal finally got a chance in the 49th minute while Sheikh Russel’s midfielder Didarul Haque wrongfully tackled Uzbek midfielder Vali Jonov Otabek inside the box. Referee rewarded Sheikh Jamal with a penalty and their captain Solomon King Kanform opened account for his side (2-1).
In the 59th minute, substitute local forward Toklis scored the third goal for Russel utilising a header from forward Giancarlo Lopes Rodrigues, off a free kick from midfielder Baktyir (3-1). Jamal continued their attacking football and got a chance to reduce the margin again from penalty in the 90th minute. Solomon King bagged the chance and scored his second goal (3-2).
Meanwhile, Dhaka Abahani beat Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra by 2-1 goals in the day’s first match of Group D at the same venue. Afghan defender Masih Saighani and Haitian forward Kervens Fils Belfort netted one goal each for Dhaka Abahani while substitute local midfielder Rohit Sarker scored one for Muktijoddha SKC.