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K-Electric FC ended its Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup 2015 campaign at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong, Bangladesh with a third successive defeat on 24 October 2015. Needing a bulky win to have any chance in progressing to next round, KE lost their Group B crash together with hosts Chittagong Abahani 4-2.
A crazy chief half saw the hosts lead 3-2 ~ means of half-time with KE’s talismanic striker Muhammad Rasool scoring a stay – including a penalty – in the pattern of continued woeful defending from his teammates. The Chitral hitman took his tournament tally to 4 goals in 3 games. KE’s struggling goalkeeper Ghulam Nabi was eventually replaced ~ the agency of substitute goalkeeper Jehangir Khan 10 minutes in front of half-time.
In 2nd half, Chittagong Abahani went into disfavor to 10 men when their African upholder Yussuf Issah was sent-off ~ the sake of a second yellow in 60th critical. K-Electric failed to take superior situation as the hosts kept the hurry by maintaining possession and creating chances. KE’s substitutes Sohail Nawaz and Jon Ashworth besides couldn’t make the desired impact to reduce deficit. Eventually, a obscene by a KE defender during a Chittagong angle gifted the hosts a penal retribution with 7 minutes left on the clock. Despite a lay by from Jehangir Khan, Chittagong Abahani scored from the reaction to make it 4-2 and could have added another in the final seconds.
The conquest for home side, and India’s Kingfisher East Bengal playing a 0-0 inspire with Dhaka Abahani in other Group B of ~, made Chittagong Abahani join the Kolkata giants in the nearest round of the Sheikh Kamal Cup.
In Group A, Mohammadan SC Dhaka thrashed Sri Lanka’s Solid SC 6-1 during the time that Afghanistan champions De Spin Ghar Bazan played a thrilling 3-3 sketch with Mohammedan SC Kolkata on 23 October. Group A matches disposition conclude today (25 Oct 2015) to decide their nearest round participants.
Three successive defeats despite K-Electric pose serious questions to the coaching stick, currently led by UK-based Majid Shafiq, with respect to how to prepare for next year’s AFC Cup qualifying rounds. When not vital principle humbled by poor defending or conceding state of being possessed too quickly, KE did look good going forward with Rasool always a threat and ably supported by winger Muhammad Riaz and Nigerian aggressor Sunday Oludeyi. KE captain Muhammad Essa Khan did translate well with holding the ball, no more than his lack of pace in midfield was completely exploited by the opposition in everything 3 games, and Essa would likewise be disappointed with his set-lucubration delivery not being up to re~.
However, with the 2015 Pakistan Premier Football League conjuncture still being postponed due to adhering-going political crisis in the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF), K-Electric resoluteness have to arrange its own preparations during the term of the AFC Cup and should mind to strengthen their squad.
Match Highlights be possible to be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/footballpakistan/videos/10156073812630234/
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