Defending champions Abahani will take on minnows Rahmatganj while fallen giants Mohammedan will be up against in-form Chattogram Abahani in the first two quarterfinals of the TVS Federation Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.
The two Abahanis have been in devastating form in the curtain-raising tournament of the season. The holders scored nine goals against one in their two group-stage victories while the port city outfit, who finished runners-up in the Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup in October, have cruised to the quarterfinals with two straightforward victories, scoring four goals without conceding any on the way.
Rahmatganj and Mohammedan, meanwhile, have barely made it through. The Old Dhaka outfit squeezed in with two draws while Mohammedan, who were pitted in a four-team group, moved through on virtue of conceding lesser number of yellow cards after the Black and Whites were on five points along with Muktijoddha Sangsad and Sheikh Russel.
The third and fourth quarterfinals will be held tomorrow, with the day’s first match pitting Saif Sporting Club against newcomers Bangladesh Police and the second match setting up Muktijoddha Sangsad against last edition’s runners-up Bashundhara Kings.