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History beacons Kings

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  • 18 July, 2022 12:00 AM
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History beacons Kings

Bangladesh Premier League champions Bashundhara Kings will take on Saif Sporting Club with an aim to secure their title for third consecutive times as they will need only three points to become champions of the ongoing tournament. 

The crucial match will take place today at Saif SC’s home venue at the Bir Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman Stadium in Munshiganj at 4:00pm.

Kings are currently leading the points table with 48 points from 15 wins, 3 draws and one defeat while their nearest opponents Dhaka Abahani Ltd have 41 points from 12 wins, 5 draws and 2 defeats.

Kings now have a 7-point lead over Dhaka Abahani, they need just a win or 3 points to extend the lead to 10 which will be enough for them to secure the title for third consecutive time. 

If Kings are able to beat Saif in the day’s match, they will earn the 10-point lead and confirm the title with 2-match to spare; because Dhaka Abahani will not fill the gap of 10-point despite having 9 points from their remaining three matches.

But If Kings earn a draw against Saif, then they will have to eye on their next match against Dhaka Abahani which is likely to be held at the Bashundhara Sports Complex next week.

However, the Kings head coach Oscar Bruzon is only concentrating on their crucial match against Saif. The Spaniard confidently told The Daily Sun on Sunday that they have been at their best to grab the full points.

“We have to be at our best to grab the full points. The full points will be enough to confirm our title but first we have to win against a tough rival to confirm it tomorrow,” Bruzon said.

“We will face a strong rival tomorrow, a good attacking unit, they have been in top form throughout the second leg, scoring many goals and being efficient on their attacking moments and transitions,” he said.

The Kings earlier beat Saif by 4-3 goals in a hard-fought first-leg match at the Bashundhara Sports Complex in March.

Saif, who are currently at the third position with 34 points from 10 wins, 4 draws and 5 defeats, will try to ruin Kings’ title celebration at their home as well as try to get some points.

Meanwhile, Kings earlier clinched the country’s top tier domestic league title in 2018-19 and 2021.

The BPL title will be Kings’ first domestice title of this ongoing season as they earlier failed to retain two other major titles -- Independence Cup and Federation Cup.

The giants lost the Independence Cup title to Dhaka Abahani before pulling out their participation from Federation Cup as a part of their protest against the Bangladesh Football Federation’s unethical fixture format and venue.

The BPL title is also important for Kings as it will provide a ticket to directly enter into the group stage of next AFC Cup as well as qualifying play off for next AFC Champions League.