Feni Soccer defender Shahinur Rahman (R) jostles for possession with Uttar Baridhara striker Collins Tiego during their Bangladesh Premier League match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. PHOTO: STAR
Uttar Baridhara Club came from behind to hold Feni Soccer Club to a 1-1 draw in their Nitol Tata Bangladesh Premier League encounter at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Akbar Hossain Ridon put Feni Soccer ahead as early as the sixth minute only to be cancelled by Kenyan hitman Collings Tiego in the 76th minute to produce an identical 1-1 stalemate they played in their first meeting of the league.
Baridhara with fourth draw remained in eighth position with 11 points, just one point ahead of ninth-placed Feni Soccer Club.
Feni Soccer, the runners up of the Independence Cup, should have won the match but their foreign strikers squandered at least five easy chances, either sending it over the crosspiece or striking straight at Feni goalkeeper Osman Gani. Nigerian striker Chuka Charles squandered three chances, Gambians Landing Darboe and Kabba Jobe missed one chance each to deprive Feni Soccer of their second win in 15 matches.
Uttar Baridhara, despite conceding an early lead, never gave up and tried till the end and the newcomers snatched a valuable point from Feni Soccer in their bid to continue their stint in top-level football.
Feni's Gambian coach Omar K Sise blamed the club officials for the draw as they interfered and kept his better players out of the game and warned that he would not stay in charge of the team if the club officials do the same things in the future.
However, Uttar Baridhara coach Mohammad Alamgir was happy to have secured a point against Feni Soccer and believed his charges would be able to avert relegation on their debut appearance in the professional football league.