Category: SK. Kamal Int. Club Cup 2015

Chittagong Abahani beat East Bengal 3-1 to lift the Sk. Kamal Int’l Club Cup

Chittagong: Chittagong Abahani Limited beat East Bengal 3-1 in the final, to lift the title in Sheikh Kamal International Club Club 2015 at the M.A. Aziz Stadium in Chittagong here on Friday evening.

Eleta Kingsley brace on either side of the pitch and assisted in Hemonto Biswas Vincent’s goal, which proved to be enough for the hosts to pull off a comfortable victory in the summit clash, after East Bengal taken the lead through a own goal came from Rezaul Karim.

East Bengal went into the tie with an unchanged side from the team that started against Dhaka Mohammedan in the semi-final on Wednesday, with Do Dong hyun once again started on bench.

It was a big mistake from Bishwajit Bhattacharya’s end, having played the semi-final only 24 hours prior, the red and golds looked tired throuh out, failing to match the hosts in speed.

Enjoying the full backing of over 40000-strong crowd, Chittagong Abahani started the proccedings as the brighter of two, but against run of play it was the visitors who drew the first blood in the 11th minute, when a Avinabo Bag shot took deflection off Abahani defender Rezaul Karim on its way to the back of the net.

Aterwards, East Bengal missed a golden opportunity to double their advantage, when Mohammed Rafique saw his header from a Avinabo Bag corner cleared by Sohel Rana in the 27th minute.

Chittagong Abahani did not fall far behind in terms of attack index, as they came close of finding the equaliser with Mithun Chowdhury, but the Bangladesh international saw his shot going wide of the target in the 32nd minute.

However, putting the error behind Mithun crossed thd ball for Kingsley during stoppage time and the Nigerian made no mistake in heading the ball into the net, which saw the teams went for break locked 1-1.

After change of ends, Chittagong Abahani almost wrapped the final with a couple of quick goals came from Kingsley and Hemonto Biswas Vincent in just three minutes.

First one came in the 54th minute when Kingsley beat Bello Rasaq with speed before slotting the ball home.

After having a rathe quiet tournament prior to the finale, it was Hemonto’s turn to get his name on the score-sheet three minutes later, with a brilliant header from a Kingsley cross to put his team in the drivier’s seat for rest of the proccedings.

Meanwhile, during the reaminder of the half, East Bengal had few half chances to minimize the margin through Rafique and Avinash Ruidas but the Abahani defence stood strong, and did not allow the visitors any space from where they could sneak into the game for a late comeback.

The final scoreline read 3-1 in favour of Chittagong Abahani.

Photo Credits: Bangladesh Football Federation

East Bengal to face Chittagong Abahani in the Sk. Kamal Int’l Club Cup final

Chittagong, Bangladesh: East Bengal and Chittagong Abahani will lock horns in the final of Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup on Friday (October 30) at the M.A. Aziz Stadium in Chittagong.

Despite playing without 13 of their regular features and losing Do Dong hyun in the first group game due to injury, East Bengal are the only unbeaten team of the competition, and hoping to remain till the end of it.

East Bengal has had a brilliant start of the tournament. The Red and Golds have won their first two group games, getting the better of Chittagong Abahani and Karachi Electric, though they drew against Dhaka Abahani in their last group game but turned on the style to beat Dhaka Mohammedan 3-0 in the second semi-final.

In the absence of Do Dong, Ranti Martins has continuted to be prolific for East Bengal, scoring three goals in four matches which includes a semi-final brace on last night.

Mohammed Rafique, who was instrumental in East Bengal’s sixth successive Calcutta Premier Division triumph. The former Atletico de Kolkata winger has continued his good form in Bangladesh as well by netting three goals in the competition, including a goal against their finale opponents Chittagong Abahani, came in their group stage meeting.

The addition of Orok Orok Essien has done wonders for the Bishwajit Bhattacharya coached side. The Nigerian has already bagged a man of the match award in the competition and even overshadowed Ranti Martins in some occasions.

On other hand, known as the sky blue brigade Chittagong Abahani started their campaign with lose against East Bengal, but since then have showed some sublime form itself and defeated Dhaka Abahani and Karachi Electric in group games before beating De Spinghar Bazan FC 3-1 in the first semi-final.

Mohamed Zahid Hossain is the key man for Chittagong Abahani, having scored four goals the Bangladesh international is the top scorer in the tournament jointly with Karachi Electric’s Muhammad Rasool.

Another mention should go to Eleta Kingsley, having scored two and assisted one in Chittagong Abahani’s semi-final win over Bazan, the Nigerian will be marked men right from the beginning.

Players like Jahid Hasan Ameli, Hemanto Biswas Vincent and Yoko Steve Thomas who have less impact in the tournament so far, will be itching to prove their worth in the finale. But a strong East Bengal defense, only conceded two goal in the competition, won’t allow anything easily for the hosts.

A tough match to call as heading into the final both teams are looking almost equal but Chittagong Abahani being backed by the home crowd are looking good to pull this one off but East Bengal will be boosted by the return of Do Dong hyun, who can single handedly turn the game in favour of the visitors.

Kick-Off: 7.10 pm IST


East Bengal beat Dhaka Mohammedan to march into the Sk. Kamal Int’l Club Cup final

Chittagong, Bangladesh: East Bengal rode on Ranti Martins’ brace to march into the finals of Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup, after beating Dhaka Mohammedan Sporting Club 3-0 in the second semi-final played at M.A. Aziz Stadium here on Wednesday.

Ranti Martins netted in either side of the pitch, and Mohammed Rafique also get his name on the score-sheet in the game wich marked the 200th international match for the red and gold brigade.

East Bengal coach Bishwajit Bhattacharya named an unchanged side from the team that played goalless against Dhaka Abahani on Saturday, trusting the pair of Ranti Martins and Orok Orok Eassien upfront with Do Dong-hyun started on bench.

The in form East Bengal side started as brighter of two sides and found crack in the Mohammedan defence early in the game when Ranti Martins headed the ball home from a right sided cross of Avinash Ruidas in the 8th minute.

Having conceded early Mohammedan pressed hard for the equaliser but the East Bengal defense thwarted each of their attempts with ease.

Around the half-hour mark East Bengal almost doubled their advantage but Orok Orok Essien failed to found the back of the net from a Ranti Martins pass, with only keeper to beat.

East Bengal had to wait till the 48th minute to see themselves 2-0 up, when Rafique scored from a deflected shot of Orok Orok.

The vistiors took the game completely out of Dhaka Mohammedan’s reach by adding a third in the 58th minute through Ranti, who scored from a inch-perfect cross of Prohlad Roy from the left side.

In the reaminder of the game East Bengal had few more chances to increase the scoreline but could not capitalize on those as the final scoreline read 3-0 in favour of East Bengal.

East Bengal will face the hosts Chittagong Abahani in the summit clash on October 30, who defeated De Spinghar Bazan FC 3-1 in the first semi-final played on Yesterday.


Chittagong Abahani reach the Sk. Kamal Int’l Club Cup final

Chittagong, Bangladesh: The hosts Chittagong Abahani Limited made their way into the final of Sheikh Kamal International Club Championship 2015, after beating De Spinghar Bazan FC 3-1 in the first semi-final played at M.A. Aziz Stadium on Tuesday.

A goal from Yoko Steve Thomas, followed by second half brace through Eleta Kingsley were enough to earn a rather comforatable victory for the home side, with Sayed Mohammed Hashmi claiming a consolation goal for the visitors.

The match started with a minute’s silence odserved in memory of those who lost their lives in devastating earthquake in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

After making a steady start of the game, known as the sky-yellow brigade Chittagong Abahani surged ahead in the 24th minute, when the Cameroonian forward Yoko Steve Thomas headed home from a Mohamed Zahid Hossain corner. Kingsley also had a key role in the move, as he was the one who set up from the corner for Yoko to head.

Changing over, Bazan FC pressed hard for the qualisier and looked promising with Anwar Akbari and Reza Allah Yari upfront, but the Abahani defense stood firm and did not allowed anything to the visitors in front of their goal.

The Afghan side saw all their efforts were in vain when Kingsley doubled the lead for the home side in the 58th minute. This time it was Yoko’s turn to return the favour, as he sent in a defense splitting pass for Kingsley, which was slotted into the far-post by the Nigerian.

However, Bazan FC did succeed to pull a goal back in the 79th minute through Sayed Mohammed Hashmi. But it was too little, too late to save the day for the visiotors as Chittagong Abahani added the third through Kingsley in the 89th to sum up the game in style.

Chittagong Abahani will face the winner of second semi-final between Dhaka Mohammedan an East Bengal on October 30 in the summit clash.

Dhaka Mohammedan, De Spinghar Bazan advanced into the Sk. Kamal Cup semifinals

Chittagong, 25 October 2015: De Spinghar Bazan FC and Dhaka Mohammedan Sporting Club advanced to the semi-finals of Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup after beating Solid SC and Kolkata Mohammedan Sporting Club respectively on Sunday.

In the penultimate match of Group – A at M.A. Aziz Stadium, Afghanistan’s De Spinghar Bazan FC beat Sri Lanka’s Solid SC 3-1 to emerge group champions with 7 points.

The Afghan side went into the match as clear favourites to win but instade made a trembling start and saw themselves behind at interval, courtesy a 43rd minute strike from Afis Olayemi Shola.

De Spinghar Bazan FC fought their way back in the second-half and especially in last twenty minutes of the game, during that periord the Afghan champions added three goals in just sixten minutes through Mustak Afshar (72′), Reza Allah Yari (78′) and Ghulam Hazrat Niazi (88′) to complete the win, which they made difficult for themselves after playing some lacklustre football in first-half.

Meanwhile, in the later match of the evening, Dhaka got the better of Kolkata 2-1 in the clash of Mohammedan Sporting Clubs.

In a must win fixture, Kolkata Mohammedan found themselves behind just after eleven minutes when Akinyele Peter headed the Dhaka Mohammedan ahead. However, just before the half-time Kolkata Mohammedan responded through Kazeem Amobi in the 44th minute. But it was Peter again who netted the winner for the Dhaka outfit in the additional time of second-half to see his team through to the semi-finals as runners-up of Group – A.

In the first semi-final De Spinghar Bazan FC will take on Chittagong Abahani on October 27, while Dhaka Mohammedan will entertain East Bengal in the second semi-final on October 28.

East Bengal, Chittagong Abahani makes to the Sk. Kamal Int’l Club Cup semifinals

Chittagong, October 24, 2015: East Bengal and Chittagong Abahani are through to the knock-out stage of Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup 2015, as winners and runners-up from Group – B respectively.

East Bengal played out a barren scoreless stalemate against Dhaka Abahani at M.A. Aziz Stadium on Friday.

Having won their earlier two fixtures against Chittagong Abahani and Karachi Electric, going into the contest the red and gold brigade were in pole position to qualify for the semi-finals. Wereas, it was a must win match for the sky blue brigade of Dhaka.

Dhaka Abahani dominated most of the proccedings with better allround footballing skills, but only the finishing touch was lacking from the Dhaka outfit, which knocked them out of the tournament. On other hand East Bengal did create some decent moves in patches but failed to convert with Ranti Martins and Orok Orok Eassien upfront.

The match witnessed a show of goalkeeping brilliance from East Bengal keeper Dibyendu Sarkar, and rightfuly adjudged man of the match for his efforts.

Meanwhile, earlier in the day, the hosts Chittagong Abahani registered a comfortable 4-2 win over Karachi Electric in other Group – B encounter played at the same venue.

Chittagong Abahani took the lead through Mohamed Zahid Hossain in the 10th minute, before Kingsley Chigozie doubled the advantage two minutes later.

However, Karachi Electric responded through Muhammad Rasool in the 20th minute, but it was Zahid who once again increased the advantage for the Chittagong Abahani in the 34th minute.

Just four minutes before the half-time Rasool struck from the spot to reduce the margin for the Pakistani side.

Despite down to 10-man in the second-half after Yussif Issah was sent-off in the 66th minute, Chittagong Abahani showed character under pressure and did not only held onto the lead but increased it further to 4-2 in the 83rd minute through Zahid, who converted from the spot to record the first hattrick of the tournament.

Mohammedan, De Spin Ghar Bazan shared spoils in 3-3 draw at Bangladesh

Chittagong: Mohammedan Sporting Club and De Spin Ghar Bazan FC brought out the best of themselves in a classic goal-fest, where the teams shared the spoils in 3-3 stalemate in their Group – A tie of ongoing Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup, played at M.A. Aziz Stadium on Friday.

Finding themselves behind three times in the game, Mohammedan showed character to claw back in each occasion.

Having tasted a narrow defeat against Solid SC on other night, Mohammedan were hoping to put a better fight against Bazan FC, but it was the Afghan side who drew the first blood, when Anwar Akbari found the target in the 11th minute. Mohammedan responded through Kareem Omolaja, who restored the parity from the spot in the 41st minute.

The scoreline read 1-1 at half-time, with plenty of chances at the either side of the pitch.

Bazan made a bright start the the second-half proccdings, and shot into the lead again only three minutes into the half, this time courtesy Fardin Hakimi. But a resilient Mohammedan side fought their way back and found the equaliser from Taurus Manneh in the 71stminute.

Thereafter, Mohammedan pressed hard to get the lead, but against run of play the Afghan Premier League champions regained the lead once again in the 87th minute through Reza Allah Yari, and only three minutes left to play thought it would be enough to see the through to the semifinals. But Kazeem Amobi had other ideas as the Nigerian struck the equaliser for Mohammedan in the last minute of regulation time.

Meanwhile, in other Group – A fixture, Dhaka Mohammedan Sporting Club put their campaign back on track in an emphatic way by recording a comprehensive 6-1 win over Sri Lanka’s Solid SC at the same venue earlier on the day.

Dhaka Mohammedan Md. Faisal Mahmood in the 10th minute followed by goals from Masuk Mia Jony (18′), Arup Kumar Baidya (24′) and Nabib Nawaz Jibon (32′), meanwhile the Lankan outfit pulled one back when Afis Olayemi Sola found the back of the net during stopage time. Dhaka Mohammedan refused to show any remorse in the second half and struck two more through Senegalese striker Lamine Camara (49′) and Habibur Rahman Shohag (76′) to sum up the game.

Following the results Group – A remained wide open as any of four can make to the knock-out stage. A draw against Kolkata Mohammedan on Sunday, will be enough for Dhaka Mohammedan to book their semifinal berth. While the job seems slightly tougher for the Kolkata side, as they need to beat Dhaka Mohammedan and in the meantime will be hoping for a Solid SC win over De Spin Ghar Bazan to see themselves into the semifinals.

East Bengal through to Sk. Kamal Int’l Club Cup semifinals; beat Karachi Electric 3-1

Chittagong, 22nd 2015: East Bengal confirmed their semifinal berth in ongoing 2015 Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup, with a resounding 3-1 win over Karachi Electric FC at M.A. Aziz Stadium on Thursday.

Orok Orok Eassien (15′), Mohammed Rafique (25′) and Ranti Martins (49′) on target for East Bengal, which saw them through to the knock-out stage with a game left to play. Muhammad Rasool (84′) reduced the margin for the Pakistani side.

East Bengal started without their star performer Do Dong-hyun, who yet to recover from the injury that he picked two nights ago against Chittagong Abahani.

Orok Orok Essien filled for the Korean, and the Nigerian made a dream debut in East Bengal colors by scoring in the 15th minute through a Avinash Ruidas cross from left.

The Pakistan ouftit tried their level best to contain relentless East Bengal attacks, but could not prevent Muhammad Rafique from scoring the second for East Bengal from Prohlad Roy’s pass in the 25th minute.

The scoreline read 2-0 in favour of East Bengal at half-time.

Karachi Electric started the second-half positively, and thought themselves on level three minute into the half when they netted one, but the assistant referee flagged for offside.

Only a minute later, East Bengal added their third when Orok laid a ball for Ranti Martins, and the striker make no mistake in slotting the ball home, to take the game completely away from Karachi Electric’s reach.

However, the Pakistan Premier League champions did get some late consolation when Muhammad Rasool scored in the 84th minute.

Meanwhile, Chittagong Abahani edge Dhaka Abahani 1-0 in other Group – B fixture played later on the evening at the same venue.

The all important goal came through Mohammed Zahid Hossain in the 47th minute, which turned to be the difference between two Abahanis.

Mohammedan go down fighting against Solid SC in Sk. Kamal Int’l Club Cup

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

East Bengal makes winning start in Sk. Kamal Club Cup; beat Chittagong Abahani 2-1

Chittagong, October 20, 2015: East Bengal scored a 2-1 win over Chittagong Abahani Limited, in their opening tie of Sheikh Kamal International Club Championship, at M.A. Aziz Stadium in Chittagong on Tuesday.

The visitors surged ahead in the 32nd minute through Mohammed Rafique, who tapped the ball home from a centre by Avinabo Bag. East Bengal doubled their advantage when Prohlad Roy scored from a Avinash Ruidas cross in the 72nd minute. Meanwhile, the home side did get some consolation when Hemanta Biswas Vincent’s attempted cross took a deflection from Bello Rasaq on its way to the back of the net, in the 78th minute.

The red & gold brigade held on to the lead for remainder of the match, and made sure a winning start to their capaign in Bangladesh.

“We have won the
match, but this was far from our best performance. My boys are capable of playing much better than these and I am sure they will do it in coming games,” East Bengal coach Biswajit Bhattacharya said in post-match press conference.

Meanwhile, Dhaka Abahani Limited beat Karachi Electric 3-2, earlier in the day at the same venue, to inaugurate the tournament.

Dhaka Abahani took the lead first courtesy Wali Faisal in the 24th minute, before Sunday Chizoba doubled it six minutes later. The Pakistan outfit responded in the 75th minute through Mohammad Rasool, but three minutes later a Umar Farooq own goal took the match out of their reach. Meanwhile Karachi Electric reduced the margin during the additional time, when Oludeyi Sunday converted from the spot.

East Bengal would face Karachi Electric next on Thursday (October 22) at 4 pm IST, followed by the clash of Abahanis scheduled to start at 7 pm IST.

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