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Arafat on target as Saif edge Mohammedan

  • Published at 05:17 pm February 17th, 2020
Saif Sporting's Yeasin Arafat scores the only goal against Mohammedan during their BPL match in Mymensingh Monday BFF

It was the first goal for the 18-year-old left back in the top-flight league after netting one during the season opening Federation Cup two months ago

Yeasin Arafat became the first local player to score in the Bangladesh Premier League 2019-20 in its seventh game, as the young defender’s lone header helped Saif Sporting Club edge past Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited 1-0 at Rofique Uddin Bhuiyan Stadium in Mymensingh Monday.

It was the first goal for the 18-year-old left back in the top-flight league after netting one during the season opening Federation Cup two months ago. Arafat also scored a brilliant long-range goal while on loan at Chattogram Abahani during the Sheikh Kamal Club Cup at the end of last year.

In the game, where Mohammedan dominated and created more chances, Yeasin’s towering header to meet Kyrgyzstan midfielder Murolimzhon Akhmedov’s long free-kick in the 56th minute gifted new head coach Drago Mamic his second successive victory in the league.

“I had seven assists last season without a goal. I am glad not because I became the first local scorer, but for getting my first goal in the premier league,” said Arafat, who also scored during the Saff U-18 Championship final against India last year.

Nigerian midfielder Ugochukwu Obi Moneke was the most animated among other players during the lone encounter of the day.

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Moneke, who scored the all-important goal during 1-0 win over Arambagh in the opening match, almost broke the deadlock with a cheeky effort from the halfway line when Saif keeper Pappu Hossain was out of the 18-yeard box.

Six minutes later, a clever low Moneke free-kick from just outside the box slipped through the wall, but Pappu made a brilliant block.

Mohammedan coach Sean Lane made an early substitution, replacing midfielder Md Mithu with Farad Mona after the half-hour mark. Within five minutes, it was Moneke again with a side-volley from the top of the box that went off the far post.

Jamal Bhuiyan was kept out of the squad due to a calf muscle injury sustained in the last game and Colombian midfielder Deiner Cordoba started in his place. The national defenders of Saif, including Riyadul Hasan Rafi, Rahmat Mia and Yeasin, stayed solid and reduced the space for the high-pressing Black and Whites until the final whistle.


Saif Sporting 1 (Arafat 56’) – 0 Mohammedan

Today’s Fixtures

Muktijoddha vs Sheikh Jamal, Gopalganj, 3.15pm

Chattogram Abahani vs Arambagh, Chattogram, 6.30pm

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