Abahani coach Mario Lemos was happy to secure a point against Minerva Punjab in their AFC Cup encounter at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
“Before the match I said that we should not concede goals if we want to win the match. At this level, we can't make such mistakes and it is hard to win a match if we make mistakes,” Lemos said at the post-match briefing. “However, I am proud of my boys, who really fought hard to come back in the match and showed their fighting attitude which was very important for us.”
Even though the hosts twice came from behind to draw the match 2-2, they conceded both goals from fumbles in defence, which looked disorganised. Minerva Punjab captain Al Amna was left unmarked inside the box during the first goal while Raihan Hassan's miss-pass paved the way for the second.
“The second goal was obviously costly. We spoke about not making such mistakes but it happened today because it is football. You have to pay if you make such mistakes at this level,” Lemos said adding that Tutul Hossain Badsha was supposed to play in centre-back position but he sustained an injury during warm-up, which forced the coach to field Brazilian midfielder Wellington Priori in stopper-back position.
Lemos's counterpart Sachin Badadhe was happy as well to secure one point from the away match.
“I think everyone enjoyed good attacking football from both sides as both sides wanted to win the match. We said before that we would go to the field for three points but securing one point in away match is also a good result,” the Minerva Punjab coach said.
Abahani will play their third match against Chennaiyin FC in India on April 30.