Chittagong, October 21, 2015: Opposite their city rivals East Bengal, Mohammedan Sporting Club started their campaign in Sheikh Kamal Int’l Club Championship 2015, with a 1-2 defeat handed from Sri Lanka’s Solid SC at M.A. Aziz Stadium on Wednesday.
It was Mohammedan, who took a first-half lead through Taurus Manneh (38′), but A.O. Sola (47′) and Gnanaruban Vinoth (88′) struk in second-half to give Solid SC their first international win in its very first attempt.
Mohammedan, were forced to travel Bangladesh with a very inexperienced side, as many of their star performers of Calcutta Premier Division – A, either don’t have passport or injured. And right before the kick-off things went from bad to worse for Mohammedan, when they found five of their 20-man contingent including all three foreigners Kareem Omolaja, Kazeem Amobi and Taurus Manneh struck in Dhaka due to the unavailability of flights to Chittagong. However, an hour prior to the start organisers took matters into their own hand and brought the players in a private chooper, which landed in Stadium.
Despite the problems off field the black panthers made a bright start on field. Mohammedan almost took the lead in the 16th through Kareem, but the post came in to rescue Solid SC, but the Lankan outfit couldn’t keep Mohammedan attacks at bay for much longer though, as Taurus recieved a long ball from the right side chipped it over the advancing Solid SC goalkeeper Fazeel Ayurdeen.
Counter-attacking best, Solid SC looked better in the second-half, and did not take long to restore the parity through Nigerian forward Sola, who ran from the right flank and drivied a low shot past Mohammedan keeper Billal Husain in the 47th minute.
Meanwhile, Mohammedan came close to finding the equaliser through Kareem but the woodwork denied the Nigerian once again in the 70th minute.
The Kolkata outfit punished for their missed chances when Gnanaruban tapped one in, after Monirul Mondal’s miscued header from a free-kick fell for him in the 88th minute, which ultimately tured to be the difference between teams in a evenly matched contest.
Elsewhere, in other Group – A fixture played later on the evening, Dhaka Mohammedan Sporting Club went down 0-1 against Afghanistan’s De Spin Ghar Bazan FC at the same venue.
Anwar Akbari netted the winner for the Afghan club in the 33rd minute by taking full advantage of a error from Mohammedan defender Yonta Michael.
Photo Credits: Solid SC