Former national captain Mamunul Islam dedicated the winning strike to his new-born son after helping Abahani win their crucial AFC Cup encounter 3-2 against Chennaiyin FC at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
“I have been waiting for last four months to get an opportunity because I was bearing a grief. I have been waiting to surprise all. I dedicate my winning goal to my son Azlan, who was born four month ago,” said Mamunul, who was adjudged the most valuable player of the match.
“I have scored such goals before but you all forget it,” said Mamunul, who also scored a stunning goal against Afghanistan during the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea.
“As no one remembers the past, I will say it was my best match and best goal. I gave hundred percent whenever I played for the national team or club side,” Mamunul said. “We had a great team feeling before the match because of injury problems. We just supported the team in the absence of Tapu, Fahad.”
Abahani coach Mario Lemos gave special thanks to Mamunul and Jewel Rana – two of the players he gave opportunity in such a crucial match.
“If we lost tonight, then the chance of going to the next round would have vanished, but we are now in race with Chennaiyin FC with seven points each. We have a match against Manang Marshyandi at home and then an away match against Minerva Punjab. I think we are in good position and can put pressure on other teams,” added Lemos.