A second-half strike from Sheikh Jamal DC’s Gambian forward Ebou Kanteh helped the side edge hosts Arambagh KS 1-0 in their away match of the Bangladesh Premier League at the Rafique Uddin Bhuiyan Stadium in Mymensingh yesterday.
Sheikh Jamal, who came into the match on the back of a shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of bottom-placed Team BJMC, fought on equal ground against a spirited Arambagh, a side they beat 2-0 in a first-leg encounter. However, neither team could take the lead in the first-half despite creating a few chances.
After resumption, Sheikh Jamal went ahead in the first minute as new-signing Ebou Kanteh stanched the ball from an Arambagh player in the centre to run down the middle and dance past three players before mustering a dipping shot from outside the box which found the top-right corner of the net.
After conceding the lead, coach Maruful Haque made three chances and pressed hard for an equalizer by controlling the midfield. They had a nice opportunity in the 82nd minute to level the margin but Zahid Hossain hammered a powerful shot from inside the box only to have it blocked by defender Shamol Mia at the cost of corner and Arambagh’s last chance went wobbling.
With their overall fifth victory in 17 matches, three-time champions Sheikh Jamal raised their tally to 21 points from 17 matches, two less than Arambagh, who remained stuck at fifth position with 23 points and eight defeats from 17 matches.
In the day’s other match, Brothers Union, who are under threat of relegation, came from behind to hold Chittagong Abahani to a 1-1 draw at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Substitute Shahriar Mostakim cancelled out a 21st-minute strike from Kingsley Chigozie in the 84th minute. With their fourth draw, Brothers are still in the red zone with 10 points from 16 matches while Chittagong Abahani are in seventh position with 19 points from 17 matches.