Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra got off to a winning start in the season curtain-raiser Independence Cup when they beat Uttar Baridhara Club by a 1-0 margin in the opening Group B match at the Bir Sherestha Shaheed Shipahi Mostafa Kamal Stadium on Saturday.
After a barren first half, Sheikh Russel’s local midfielder Mannaf Rabbi scored the decisive goal from Portuguese forward Esmael Ruti Tavares Cruz Da Silva’s cross in the 59th minute.
Sheikh Jamal will play against Uttar Baridhara and Sheikh Russel will play their next match against Air Force Football Team, both on December 1 at the same venue.
Earlier, Education Minister Dipu Moni inaugurated the meet as the chief guest.
The competition is taking place after three years. The last edition was held in 2018 when Bashundhara Kings clinched the title beating Sheikh Russel KC by 2-1 goals in the final.