Monday, April 18, 2011
Reaching for the sky
Dhaka Abahani Limited are the best club in Bangladesh bar none. They have won the country's professional league for the last three seasons and at the mid-way point in their current campaign, they lie in 2nd place. This success, which includes a few cup wins in the locker as well, has been under coach Amalesh Sen, though he was relegated to assistant coach for the past six months, under Iranian head coach Ali Akbar, who left recently, so Sen is back at the helm. Included in their squad are four players with Ghanaian nationality, with top scorer Frank Twaunu Ntiny and long-serving Ibrahim Awudu the pick, whilst national team youngster Shakhawat Hossain Rony is one to watch too. With a proud record of fourteen league titles since their formation in 1972, the Sky Blues won the right to participate in the President's Cup this season by winning 22 out of 24 league games last term as they clinched the title. In 2009 and 2010 they twice staged the group matches of the President's Cup in Dhaka, and were unbeaten in all five games they played, yet failed to progress, so will certainly be looking to go one better this time around.