Newcomer Bashundhara Kings will face 10-time champions Abahani Limited in the final of the Federation Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today. The match will kick off 4:30 PM.
Kings, who are taking part in the competition for the first time, booked their place in the final by beating Sheikh Russell Krira Chakra. Their recent success on the pitch is due to their heavy spending on players to forge a strong team.
Colindres, a member of Costa Rica’s 2018 World Cup squad, will be a player to look out for in the final. However, he failed to replicate his opening match’s outstanding performance in the next two matches of the group stage but proved his predatory instinct inside the danger zone against BJMC in quarters. Now he is the top scorer of the tournament along with Abahani’s Sunday. One the other, Abahani booked their place in the final for 18 times in 29 editions. Reigning champions Dhaka Abahani are on a mission to lift their hat-trick Federation Cup title though they had a rollercoaster ride in the tournament before reaching the final.
The 10-time champions beat Muktijoddha Sangsad 1-0 in their tournament opener before conceding defeat against Sheikh Russel by identical margin in their last group match. However, the popular outfit registered a 3-2 win over Arambagh in their quarter-final to book their place in the semi-finals. In the first semi final, they beat Sheikh Jamal DC by 4-2 goal to secure final berth.
Abahni’s Nigerian forward Sunday has been in great form in this tournament. He shares with Daniel Colindres with 4 goals. Abahani’s coach Jakariay Babu was filled with confidence during their pre-match conference at BFF house yesterday. “We prepared well to face Bashundhara Kings and we are favorites in this tournament. We are moving step by step. I hope we will become hat-trick champions” Babu said.
Newcomer Bashundhara reached the final for first time, assistant coach Abu Faysal Ahmed said he is optimistic about the final. “We played really well in this tournament so we reached the final. Abahani is a good team but we do not fear them. We hope we can be the champion for the first time.”