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Injury-hit Kings look to extend winning streak

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 8 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bashundhara Kings received a blow as their three key players are struggling with injury problems but the defending champions are determined to continue their winning streak in the ongoing season’s curtain-raiser Independence Cup.

Kings’ captain Topu Barman was ruled out from the squad for at least 6-week due to a knee injury.  The defender got the injury during their last match against Bangladesh Police Football Club. Youngster Tariq Kazi also got an injury during that match, but his participation in the rest of the competition is also uncertain while Iranian defender Khaled Shafiei is yet to be recovered. 

Despite having uncertainty over three center-backs, Kings’ Coach Oscar Bruzon believes that they could continue their winning streak against Police. “No complaints nor excuses about injuries. Yes, we have a few players not available in the team. We have depth in our squad and all players are willing to participate and help the team to keep winning games,” Bruzon told The Daily Sun on Tuesday.

“Khaled will be back in the team soon while we have to wait for Topu and check his evolution, hopefully, we will be okay for the BPL,” the Spaniard said.

King will take on Chattogram Abahoni Limited in their last match of the four-team Group D today at the Bir Sherestha Shaheed Sepoy Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur at 6:00pm while Police will take on Bangladesh Navy Football Team at the same venue at 4:00pm.

Kings already confirmed their place in the quarterfinals with two back-to-back wins; even the club already secured the group championship with 6 points. The champions crushed the Navy by 6-0 goals and narrowly escaped Police by 1-0 goal.

Among the other teams, Chattogram Abahoni are staying at second spot with 2 points from two draws, Police at third with one point from one draw and Navy are yet to open an account. If Police beat Navy in the day’s first, they will brighten their chances in the knockout with 4 points. But they need to keep their eyes on the day’s second match. On the other hand, Chattogram Abahoni have to beat Kings to confirm their knockout phase.

Meanwhile, Abahani Limited Dhaka beat Rahamatganj Muslim Friends Society by 3-1 goals in their last match of the three-team Group A at the same venue on Tuesday.

For Abahani, Brazilian forward Dorielton Gomes Nascimento scored twice in the 18th and 51st minutes while his compatriot midfielder Raphael Augusto Santos da Silva added one in the 70th minute of the game.

Defender Tutul Hossain Badsha scored an own goal that gave an early 0-1 lead to Rahamatganj. With the day’s feat, Dhaka Abahani emerged as the group champions with 6 points from two wins and entered into the knockout phase along with the group runners-up Swadhinata Krira Sangha who earned 3 points from one win. Rahmatganj have already been eliminated from the competition with an empty-handed.