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Saturday, 02 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

A total of 186 minutes of football between Victoria SC and Arambagh KS and Muktijoddha Sangsad KC and Wanderers Club in the Protiti Pharma Victory Day Football Tournament failed to produce any goals at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Thursday.

Giants Muktijoddha were unable to find the net as Kanchan and veteran Alafaz were toothless up front against Wanderers, well tuned-up after five matches in the senior division football league, who provided a strong resistance to them.

Wanderers with their two overseas recruits – Opara Luxol and Kaiun Lunti – tested Muktijoddha defence on a number of occasions and Muktijoddha were grateful to their reliable Aminul who made a comeback for the team after 14 months.

Muktijoddha started in an attacking mood but Alfaz and Kanchan, both former national forwards, were too late in their efforts. In the 22nd minute midfielder Maruf provided Kanchan a neat through ball but the striker failed to react timely. In the 26th minute Arman unleashed a long-range shot forcing Wanderers custodian Jahangir to make a diving save for a corner.

Lunti’s left-footed drive went straight to Aminul in the 35th minute and fifteen minutes after the break the tall African again found Aminul alone but shot into the outside net. Muktijoddha were unfortunate on the 67th minute as Kanchan’s header off a Rajani cross hit the Wanderers crosspiece.

Wanderers skipper Jahangir saved the team from a possible defeat on 82 minutes with a goal-line clearance after Kanchan had slipped the ball under an onrushing keeper Jahangir.

Muktijoddha tried their best by inserting two fresh attackers, Monju and Enamul, but all their efforts went in vain.

Earlier in the first match of the day, Victoria and Arambagh played out a goalless draw to share the spoils.

Victoria initiated a lot of attacks but lack of finishing was their foe.

In the 79th minute Victoria youngster Rashed Turjo’s header from a Mithun cross struck the crosspiece after touching the hands of Arambagh custodian.

Dhaka Mohammedan face Youngmen’s Club Fakirerpool in the lone match.

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