Six-time champions Dhaka Abahani Limited made a good start in football’s 12-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), beating Muktijoddha Sangsad KC 1-0 on a rain -soaked pitch at the Shaheed Ahsanullah Master Stadium in Tongi.
Newcomer Swadhinata KS made a big upset in the same venue on Thursday beating last two times champions Bashundhara Kings by 2-1 goals, but the popular sky blue Dhanmondi outfit Ahahani faced no trouble to beat the freedom fighters’ team on an uncharacteristic February day.
Brazilian striker Dorielton Gomes scored the match-winning goal for the Independent Cup and Federation Cup champions Dhaka Abahani in the 12th minute of the match.
In Friday’ s other match, Saif Sporting Club rose from slumber at the death to complete a 1-0 victory over Bangladesh Police FC, also in a rain soaked at the Bir Shreshtha Matiur Rahman Stadium in Munshiganj.
Rwanda defender Emery Bayisenge scored the all important goal for Saif SC in the stoppage time (90+2 minute) of the match.
The eleven- round first phase matches of BPL are now being held in two venues adjoining the capital– Shaheed Ahsanullah Master Stadium in Tongi and the Bir Shreshtha Matiur Rahman Stadium in Munshiganj ,and it will continue till March 19 or 20.