Mohammedan eye final after a decade

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Mohammedan faced a huge shock as their director in-charge Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan was arrested during casino clampdown, but that proved a blessing in disguise as many former players and organizers of the club who were away from it, joined together in order to salvage their pride

Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited are one step away from making it to the Federation Cup final for the first time since 2009 as they take on a hard-working Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society side in the first semi-final at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka Thursday.

The traditional side faced a huge shock as their director in-charge Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan was arrested during casino clampdown, but that proved a blessing in disguise as many former players and organizers of the club who were away from it, joined together in order to salvage their pride.

They got British coach Sean Lane in the endeavor and the coach, who joined the club in the middle of last season to salvage them from the humiliation of relegation, looked optimistic ahead of the crucial fixture.   

“Rahmatganj have had a good Federation Cup and would be equal favorite. We will need to be at our best if we are to progress. We have a full team to choose from and that is good news,” said Lane. 

Black and Whites drew with Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra and Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra and clinched their first win against Uttar Baridhara Club in the group stage before outplaying Chittagong Abahani Limited 2-0 in the quarter-final, changing formation and squad according to the opponents in every match.

Riding on superb display from goalkeeper Suzan, Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited played out a goalless draw against Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra in the Federation Cup Group D encounter between the sides at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka Tuesday.https://t.co/gtJT68CazO#BFF

Rahmatganj, the old Dhaka outfit, played out two draws in the group stage before their brave 120-minute display against Abahani Limited in the last-eight, followed by Russel Mahmud Liton’s heroics in the tie-breaker that propelled them to the semis. 

But their coach’s feet were firmly in the ground. 

“Mohammedan are in good form. They played pressing game but we have nothing to lose. If the players perform like they did so far, I’m confident we can achieve a good result against them,” said Rahmatganj coach Syed Golam Jilani Wednesday, adding that Liton is yet to recover from the injury he suffered during their last group phase game against Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Limited.

Rahmatganj made it to the semi-final in 2017 but lost to Chittagong Abahani 1-0 while Mohammedan reached the same stage in 2015 where they lost to Muktijoddha 4-3 in the tie-breaker.