Athletic

Fed Cup Football: Mohammedan emerge group champions

Dhaka Mohammedan SC played to a 1-1 draw with newcomers Swadhinata KS in their first match of the Bashundhara Group Federation Cup Football ’21 on Monday.

Captain Souleymane Diabate put the black and white Mohammedan SC ahead in the 39th minute (1-0) at Bir Shreshta Shaheed Shipahi Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium, Kamalapur here.

But, their joy for lead did not last long as Nedo Turkovic of Bosnia & Herzegovina restored the parity for Swadhina KS in the following minute (1-1).

Later, in the group deciding play-off match, Dhaka Mohammedan SC emerged group champions beating Swadhinata KC by 4-3 goals in the tiebreaker on Monday evening.

The tournament was supposed to start on Saturday but it could not be rolled out as per the schedule as two participating teams–holders Bashundhara Kings and Uttar Baridhara Club—failed to turn up in the field against Swadhinata KS and Dhaka Abahani Ltd respectively.

However, the tournament kicked off on Sunday with Saif Sporting Club playing 1-1 draw with Bangladesh Police FC in the match at the same venue.

Meanwhile, the BFF disciplinary committee in its meeting on Monday took punitive action against Bashundhara Kings and Uttar Baridhara Club for the incident.

The disciplinary committee banned Bashundhara Kings and Uttar Baridhara Club for the next edition of Federation Cup Football and also imposed a fine of Tk five lakh each against two teams, which will be deposited to the BFF office by January 27 next year.

Besides, Swadhinata KS declared winner by 3-0 goals against Bashundhara Kings and Dhaka Abahani Ltd declared winners, also by 3-0 goals, against Uttara Baridhara Club.

Earlier, BPL champions Bashundhara Kings were absent for their match mentioning below standard condition of Kamalapur Stadium for professional football and what they see as “bad intension” behind late change in the fixture.

Earlier, three premier division clubs – Bashundhara Kings, Muktijoddha Sngsad KC and Uttara Baridhara Club –informed the BFF in writing that they would not play the Federation Cup in the unplayable conditions at Kamalpur Stadium.

After Saturday’s incident, BFF Senior VP and Chairman of the professional league committee Abdus Salam Murshedy, MP said the Federation Cup Football will go ahead with the teams willing to participate and the fate of first day’s two ill-fated matches will be decided as per rules.

Source: United News of Bangladesh