Bangladesh Police FC qualified for next season’s Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) with two matches in hand when they played out a 2-2 draw against bottom-placed Swadhinata KS in a Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) encounter at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday.
However, Police, who needed a single point from yesterday’s match to ensure their place in the top-flight domestic league, still need two more points from their remaining two outings if they are to clinch the BCL title. The second-placed Uttar Baridhara have 27 points from 18 matches, six points less than leaders Police, who have 33 points from 18 matches.
The top two teams from the 11-team BCL table will advance to next year’s BPL while the bottom two teams will be demoted to a lower division.
In the match, Police went ahead in the seventh minute with a strike from Rasel but Swadhinata hit back with two goals within three minutes. Isa eventually scored an equaliser in stoppage time to level the margin for Police.
In the day’s other match, Agrani Bank handed Feni Soccer a 3-0 defeat to leapfrog to fourth position with 26 points from 18 matches while Feni and Swadhinata remained on the bottom with 19 and 13 points respectively.