Femi, Samnick lift JamalStaff Correspondent
Reigning champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club returned to the winning ways with a 2-1 defeat of Mohammedan Sporting Club in the Bangladesh League on Sunday.
Nigerian striker Femi Orunnimi Femi put Jamal in front from a set-piece in the eighth minute and then helped his team-mate Yoko Samnick double the lead 13 minutes later, floating a corner-kick for the Cameroonian to tuck in.
Mohammedan, however, came back in the match with a Wahed Ahmed strike six minutes into the second half but later the black and white outfit squandered too many chances to lose the match.
Femi gave a hint about his good set-piece form in the very when he rattled the Mohammedan post with a free-kick in the fourth minute before finally finding the back of the net four minutes later with an aerial free-kick from at least 35 yards out.
Jamal coach Abu Yusuf termed the goal as the turning point for his team and said it was very important not only to bring them back in the match but also in the tournament.
‘After defeats in the last two matches I told you that my players are not losing because they are incompetent but they are losing because of their low morale. The amazing goal by Femi charged my players up to give their full efforts on the field,’ said Yusuf.
Samnick then scored the second goal for Jamal, taping in a Femi corner-kick from the right in the 21st minute.
After absorbing the early shock Mohammedan slowly found their feet and started to launch attacks in the second half and Wahed hit the back of the Jamal net with a low right-foot drive from just outside the penalty area in the 51st minute.
Mohammedan then created some good scoring chances but could not capitalise on any of those opportunities. Their Nigerian forward Uzoehere Wilcox shot wide from the six-yard box seven minutes before the final whistle. The bizarre miss made the Moahmmedan supporters so angry that some 100 fans entered into the ground by scaling the barbed-wire fence and tried to beat the players but the Mohammedan officials with the help of police managed to stop them.
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