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Kings face Sk Jamal test today

Sk Russel take on Police in the other quarterfinal

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 12 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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Kings face Sk Jamal test today

Defending champions Bashundhara Kings will face a tough challenge in booking their place to the semis as they take on Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club in their quarterfinal match of the ongoing Independence Cup at the Bir Shrestha Shaheed Sepoy Mustofa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur today.

 Kings earlier emerged champions in Group D with an all-win record and their head coach Oscar Bruzon wants similar performances from his charges against Sheikh Jamal DC in the knockout fixture.

“Sheikh Jamal have shown throughout the year they are a tough team to beat together with being very dynamic and dangerous up front. On the other side, we want to give continuity to the good run of results and performances we delivered on the group stage,” Bruzon told The Daily Sun on Saturday.

Kings are facing some injury problems during the ongoing tournament and they had to rest their nine key players in their last group match against Chittagong Abahoni Limited.

The Spaniard hinted that they are likely to bring some changes against last year’s BPL runners-up Sheikh Jamal DC.    

“We have scored and kept a clean sheet every game, this is a good sign to try again tomorrow to be the better side on the pitch and advance to the next tournament round,” he said.

“Some changes will be brought both in the line-up and in the team list. Khaled Shafiei (Irani defender) got some game time during the last match. We may bring him again but it will be a last-minute decision. We won’t take any risk with players suffering injuries,” he added.

Meanwhile, in the day’s first quarterfinal match, Group B champions Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra will take on Group D runners-up Police Football Club at the same venue.

Sheikh Russel KC lost to Kings in the final of the last Independence Cup but they formed a strong team this year keeping their eyes on all major titles.

Sheikh Russel KC goalkeeper Ashraful Islam Rana said that they need to create more scoring chances in the knockout phase.

“The team is good, well prepared. We have also done well in the group stage. But we must increase our scoring chances. We missed a couple of close chances in the last group match against Sheikh Jamal. If we can score, we will be able to maintain the winning streak,” he concluded.