Saif Sporting Club and Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society began their campaign in the TVS Federation Cup football with sharing points after a goalless draw yesterday at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. Later in the second match, Bashundhara Kings, the defending runners up of the Federation Cup Football, won their opening match 1-0 against Brothers Union in the day’s second match at the same ground.
Bashundhara broke the deadlock on 24th minute through newly recruited Lebanese forward Kdouh scored the all important goal. Rahmatganj, who could not cross the group stage last season after being eliminated conceding defeats to Chittagong Abahani Limited and Arambagh KS, this time kept slim hope to go forward after managing a point.
On the other hands, Saif SC, who strongly crossed the group stage lasts season with 3-1 victory over Team BJMC and demolishing Brothers by 5-0 to move into the quarterfinal, were eliminated after conceding 2-1 defeat to Sheikh Jamal. Saif SC, one of the big budgeted teams could not shine in the first match, as they drew against the lowly Rahmatganj after a dismal show in the most of the 90 minutes time.
In fact the day’s first match was almost a boring when both the sides took times to settle when at the late hour the match lived up with attacking approach from each end and Saif were in upper hands. However, the highlight of the first half were both sides took a half chance each with Saif Sporting could have taken the lead but a powerful angular shot from top of the box of their Tajik forward Jahangir Ergashev went wide off the side post on 14th minute.
Rahmatganj responded well six minute latter through Suhle Meah powered a volley from outside the box and Saif keeper Rasel Mahmud was well alerted as he gripped the ball without any trouble.
The initial hour of the second half was not also looked a disciplined game, as plenty of miss passes and slow movements could not create any excitement, though at the late hour both side looked come out from their sluggish attitude with trying to be faster.
Rahmatganj MFS were about to take lead on 65th minute through Momodou Bah, when a beautiful effort of the Gambian just from the penalty-arch returned after hitting the side-post.
Momodou Bah also took another attempt just three minutes left to the final whistle but this time also goalkeeper Rasel denied the effort from closer to the goal-line.