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Mohammedan down Abahani to win Federation Cup

30 May 2023 18:32:25 | Update: 30 May 2023 20:19:35
Mohammedan down Abahani to win Federation Cup
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History has repeated itself as Mohammedan Sporting Club down their arch-rival Abahani Limited, the defending Champions, 4-3 in the penalties to win the Federation Cup title after 14 years at the Shaheed Dhirendranath Datta Stadium in Cumilla on Tuesday.

This marks Mohammedan’s 11th federation cup title, and first trophy in 12 years.

Mohammedan skipper Souleymane Diabate scored four and another in the penalties to secure a win for the black-and-whites their Federation Cup title.

Foysal Ahmed brought Abahani the lead in the 16th minute before Daniel Colindres made it 2-0 just two minutes before the half-time whistle.

Being down by two goals, Mohammedan fought back in the second half with back-to-back strikes from the skipper Souleyman Diabate within five minutes. Diabate scored a volley in the 56th minute taking on back before striking a powerful header into the Abahani net in the 60th minute.

Abahani’s Nigerian forward Emeka Chukwudiebube Ogbugh took them into the lead once again in the 66th minute.

After the goal, Abahani dominated the midfield as they enjoyed the better part of the position and the game was going to end in Abahani’s favour, but the Mohammedan skipper had other plans as he struck again to complete his hattrick just a few minutes before the final whistle to keep his side still in the competition.

And the match went into extra time as the 90 minutes of play could not decide a winner. Diabate scored in the first half of the extra time to take Mohammedan in the lead for the first time in the game but Rahmat Mia equalized the score in the second half.

As the scores remained tied, the match went onto the tie-breakers and Mohammedan came out victorious repeating the same feat of 14 years back when they defeated Abahani in the tiebreakers to win their last Federation Cup title.