Bashundhara show their power
Newcomers Bashundhara Kings showcased their power with a 4-1 win over Maldives Premier League champions New Radiant SC at the Sheikh Kamal Stadium in Nilphamari on Friday. The Championship League winners of the last season, who are emerging as the new powerhouse of local football, dispatched the Maldivian giants with a clinical performance in front of an around 15,000 strong homecrowd.
Haitian forward Kervens Belfort, Gambian forward Ousmal Jallow and local forwards Tawhidul Alam Sabuj and Mahbubur Rahman Sufil scored one goal apiece in this international club friendly, which was organised by the Bashundhara Kings as part of their build-up for the upcoming season in top-flight football.
Bashundhara Kings, coached by New Radiant’s former coach Spaniard Oscar Bruzon, opened the scoring when Belfort flicked home a cross from Colindres. The lead was doubled four minutes later when Sabuj headed home Belfort’s cross from the right.
The Maldivian giants, who came here with only 13 players, had a great opportunity to reduce the margin in the 32nd minute, but veteran Ali Fasir blasted his spot-kick way off target.
The home side made it 3-0 six minutes after restart, with substitute Jallow scoring from a Colindres cross before another substitute Sufil took the game away from the Maldivians with a fourth on the hour-mark.
Radiant’s Ugandan forward Atuheire Kipson reduced the arrears three minutes later, thanks to a fumble from Bashundhara’s substitute goalkeeper Anisur Rahman, but the home side comfortably held on to the three-goal lead to grab a morale-boosting victory.