Shuktara Club Cup champs | The Daily Star
11:00 PM, June 23, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:00 PM, June 23, 2009

Bashundhara Champions Club Cup

Shuktara Club Cup champs


Players of Shuktara Jubo Sangha celebrate their Bashundhara Champions Club Cup title that they lifted with a 1-0 win over Feni Soccer Club at the Cox's Bazar Stadium yesterday. Photo: Anisur Rahman

Shuktara Jubo Sangsad of Narayanganj clinched the first ever Bashundhara Champions Club Cup crown with an unbeaten record beating Feni Soccer Club by a solitary goal at the Cox's Bazar Stadium yesterday.
Mohammad Sohel, a player of Bangladesh Under-16 team, scored the match-winner early in the third minute of the match by a header from a short distance off a Khokon left wing cross capitalizing on a lapse by opponent defender Rashed (1-0).
This was the first defeat for the highflying Feni Soccer Club in the tournament.
Shahed of Feni Soccer Club was adjudged the best player of the final.
The match started at 5:12 pm, 42 minutes behind schedule, in front of some 3,000 local people on a ground that was found very uneven and almost unplayable.
A member of the Bangladesh national squad, now attending a conditioning camp in the tourist resort of Cox's Bazar, said there is no justification of arranging a match on such a ground where good football is impossible.
Shuktara Jubo Sangsad, which took the early lead, dominated the first half and spoiled two more close chances, both by Arafat.
Feni Soccer Club also managed two half chances in the first half but missed the first one in the 11th minute when Raju headed wide from a vantage position while Komol spoiled the other one from good position sending the ball straight to the hands of opponent goalie in the 24th minute.
After the lemon break, Feni partly dominated the proceedings but failed to take its fruit due to shakiness of their forwards.
In the 76th minute, Raju of Feni Soccer Club headed the ball outside from a vantage position while substitute Shariful made a blunder just two minutes before the final
whistle as he sent the ball outside despite beating all his opponents including the goal keeper.
Feni were down to 10 men as Nasiruddin got the marching order in the 76th minute after receiving his second yellow card of the match.
Deputy Commissioner Cox's Bazar Giasuddin Ahmed witnessed the final as chief guest and later handed over the champions' trophy and cash prize of Tk 3 lakh to the winners. Deputy managing director of the meet's sponsor Basundhara Group Mustafizur Rahman as the special guest handed over the trophy and cash award of Tk 1 lakh to the runners-up team.

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