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Kings to fight with Abahani for dignity, pride today

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 25 July, 2022 12:00 AM
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The country’s top-tier outfit Bashundhara Kings clinched their ‘hat-trick’ Bangladesh Premier League title with two matches to spare last week, now they will fight against arch-rivals Dhaka Abahani Ltd for dignity and pride in their second-leg match of the ongoing league.

 The BPL round 21 will begin with the day’s high-voltage match which will take place today at the Bashundhara Kings Arena of Bashundhara Sports Complex in the capital at 4:00pm.  

The defending champions Kings have earned 51 points from 20 matches; they had a 7-point lead over the second-placed and runners-up Dhaka Abahani who have collected 44 points from the same number of matches.

The result of the day’s crucial will have no impact on these team’s positions in the ongoing table. Even if the Kings fail to earn any points from their remaining two matches, they will have at least one point ahead of the six-time BPL champions Abahani.

Kings will play their last match of this season against Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Ltd. The date and venue of that match are yet to be decided.

Though the match has no impact on the leaderboard, both teams will try hard to win the match to maintain their dominance over each other. So, the exciting match will be a match of dignity and pride for both teams.

Kings’ Spanish coach Oscar Bruzon told The Daily Sun on Sunday that they want to finish the BPL in their own style.

“We are ready to face a strong opponent tomorrow (Monday) and finish the BPL in style. All games are important for us and tomorrow isn’t an exception. We will have the opportunity to celebrate the BPL title at home and surrounded by our fans' cheerful atmosphere meaning which no doubt it will give the game an additional flavour,” Bruzon said.

Abahani’s Portuguese coach Mario Lemos said to win the match would be a ‘matter of pride’ for them.

“In the league, nothing will be changed with the match’s result, but I think to win the match is a matter of pride.  We are ready for tomorrow and we will appear with the full squad,” Lemos said.

Kings are likely to miss one of their regular members of their playing eleven Yeasin Arafat, as the youngster conceded a red card (two yellow cards) in their previous match against Saif SC where Kings confirmed their title.

But the good thing is their Brazilian forward cum captain Robson Robinho was seen in the practice session on Sunday at the Bashundhara Kings Arena -- which indicated Robson has recovered from injury and is likely to join the squad.

On the other hand, Dhaka Abahani are likely to appear on the field with their full strength. The club have no injury issues until this report was written.  

Meanwhile, the Kings and Abahani locked their horns in 9 matches of the domestic competitions including BPL, Federation Cup and Independence Cup -- so far. Among these matches, Kings won 5, Abahani 3 and drew one.

Kings and Abahani played two matches in the ongoing season. Kings conceded a 0-3 goal defeat to Dhaka Abahani in their first meet during the Independence Cup final and played a 2-2 draw in their second meet during the first leg of the ongoing BPL.