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Kings look to bounce back

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 4 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bashundhara Kings will take on Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra in their 19th match of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League football match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital today.

The match kicks off at 4:00pm.

The holders conceded a shocking 1-2 defeat against Chattogram Abahani Limited in their last match on July 18 at the same venue that forced them to end their 22-match unbeaten run in the ongoing domestic league.

Despite conceding the defeat, Kings are still at the top of the table with 49 points from 16 wins, a draw and a defeat. On the other hand, Muktijoddha are currently at 11th with 14 points from 3 wins, 5 draws and 9 defeats.

However, Kings which earlier defeated Muktijoddha by 3-0 goals in their first leg match; must want to win the match before starting their AFC Cup campaign in the Maldives. 

In the day’s other match, Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra Limited will play against Arambagh Krira Sangha at the Bir Shrestha Shaheed Sepoy Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur at 4:00pm.

Sk Russel are 7th with 27 points 8 wins, 3 draws and 7 defeats while Arambagh are at the bottom with 5 points from a win, 2 draws and 14 defeats.

Earlier on Saturday, Arambagh received a big blow ahead of the match as their 14 local players were tested positive for corona in the first test. All of the players tested negative in the second test on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the league returned to the field with two matches after a 14-day countrywide lockdown on Tuesday. 

Chattogram Abahani beat Uttar Baridhara Club by 4-3 goals in a day’s goal-fest match in Kamalapur. The win helped Ctg Abahani to climb up to 4th with 34 points while Uttar Baridhara slipped to 10th with their previous credit of 15 points.

Brazilian forward Nixon Guylherme scored a brace in the 21st and 41st minutes for Ctg Abahani while Nigerian forward Idenyi Chinedu Mathew netted one in the 50th minute. Uttar Baridhara Uzbek defender Saiddoston Fozilov helped Ctg Abahani to extend the margin scoring a suicidal goal in the 59th minute. 

For Baridhara, Uzbek midfielder Evgeniy Kochnev, forwards Sumon Reza and Maruf Ahmed netted one each in the 10th, 67th and 80th minutes.

Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society defeated Brothers Union Ltd by 2-0 goals in the day’s other match at the BNS. With the win, Rahmatganj climbed up to 9th with 18 points while Brothers remained 12th with their previous credit of 6 points.

Ivorian forward Lorougnon Christ Remi and Nigerian forward Felix Chidi Odili scored one each in the 49th and 90+3 (injury time) minutes respectively.