Champions Abahani wrapped up their JB Bangladesh Premier League campaign with an unbeaten record after registering a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over Rahmatganj MFS at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Nabib Newaj Jibon struck a brace while Englishman Jonathan David scored the other for the Sky Blues in the second half after Siyo Zunapio had given an early lead to Rahmatganj, who finished sixth with 27 points from 22 matches.
Abahani came into the last match having already confirmed their fifth professional league title, and the only point of interest was whether they could end the campaign as the only side to remain unbeaten. The charges of George Kottan, despite conceding the lead, accomplished that target quite clinically and became the first team to win the professional league title with an unbeaten record.
As soon as the referee blew the final whistle, a few hundred fans under the banner of Abahani Supporters Forum, who were waiting at the sidelines after jumping over the fence without any obstacle, started the celebration by putting garlands on the players.
Awami League's sports secretary Harunur Rashid congratulated the champion team.
The Abahani players, officials and fans, dressed in sky blue t-shirts, rejoiced as the champions and runners-up trophies were handed over to the teams on the ground.
Meanwhile runners-up Chittagong Abahani also ended their league campaign on a winning note after coming from a goal-down to beat over Brothers Union 2-1. Chittagong Abahani finished with 47 points, five behind the champions, while Brothers finished fourth with 30 points.
Kawsar Ali Rabbi put Brothers ahead in the first half before Mezbabul Haque and Chencho Gyeltshen scored one apiece to deliver the victory to the port city outfit.
The league will be wrapped up today with two matches – Feni Soccer taking on Muktijoddha Sangsad and Arambagh KS playing against Team BJMC.