Chattogram Abahani finished the first phase of the Bangladesh Premier League yesterday in seventh position following a 1-0 victory over Muktijoddha Sangsad KC, taking their tally to 19 points from 12 matches.
Nixon Guylherme scored the decisive goal in the 77th minute at the Bangabandhu National Stadium as the port city side registered their fifth win alongisde three defeats and four draws to stay 15 points behind runaway leaders Bashundhara Kings.
The match offered very little goalmouth action, with Mannaf Rabbi's miscued attempt on 54 minutes the first real chance for the winners.
The visitors took the lead when Nixon slammed home a loose ball inside the six-yard box after Rakib Hossain's header on a cross from Kawsar Ali Rabbi had bounced off the back of Muktijoddha defender Sujon Mia.
Maruful Haque's charges could have got a second goal in the 87th minute, but substitute Shakhawat Hossain Rony's effort on Rakib's cutback came off the post, with Nixon shooting the rebound wide of target.
The defeat saw troubled Muktijoddha remain in ninth position with nine points from 12 matches.