Abahani has not had a good time for several seasons. The Blue-Akashi have won just one of five trophies in the last three seasons. The team, which failed to reach the final of the Federation Cup twice in a row, started its mission to regain the league title on Thursday. But even after leaving the field after winning, the supporters were unhappy with their opening performance. Abahani beat Bangladesh Police Football Club 1-0 at Bangabandhu National Stadium. They had to wait for 6 minutes to get the goal. Haitian forward Carven Belfort saved the team from losing points.
Abahani’s Portuguese coach Mario Lames had to be sidelined in the first match of the league with the exception of several XI players due to bans and injuries. In the absence of Raihan Hasan, Tutul Hossain Badshah, Jewel Rana and Sohail Rana, Abahani went to deal with the police with seniors like Wali Faisal, Nasir Uddin Chowdhury, Mamunul Islam. As a result, the 6-time champions of Bangladesh Premier League almost lost their points.
After a goalless 75 minutes, when the threat of losing points in the Abahani camp, the rescue team rescued their team, Belfort of Haiti. Police goalkeeper Nehal could not catch Rubel Mia’s shot. Opportunity seeker Belfort scored a goal in the dugout of Abahani.