Bashundhara Kings will play Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society in the final of the TVS 31st Federation Cup Football Tournament’2020 on Sunday with both of them eying their maiden title.
The final match will kick off at 4pm at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here.
Star-studded Bashundhara Kings reached the final eliminating newcomer Bangladesh Police Football Club by 3-0 goals in the 2nd semifinal on Friday.
The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) champions Kings started mission in the season’s curtain-raiser soccer meet aiming to bag their maiden Fed Cup title.
After beating Brothers Union Limited by 1-0 goal in the first group match, Kings suffered a shocking 0-2 goals defeat against Chittagong Abahani Limited in the 2nd match.
But, Kings bounced back in the race eliminating Group D champions Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra by 4-1 goals in a nail-biting tie-breaker as the 4th and last quarterfinal between them was locked in 1-1 goals in stipulated 90-minute time and also in the extra session.
Ahead of the final, Bashundhara Kings President Imrul Hasan said his side is hungry to secure their first Fed Cup title.
“All the booters are motivated and well-prepared for the final. They’re hungry for their first-ever title. We finished runners-up last year, we missed the target. But, we won’t want to make any mistake this year. The title is ours,” said Bashundhara Kings president.
Asked about their shocking defeat against Ctg Abahani, Imrul said, “We’re getting ready for the upcoming AFC Cup. So, we’ve made several experiments in the ongoing meet. We didn’t take any risk in the semifinal. We’re taking the final seriously.”
On the other hand, giant-killer Rahmatganj MFS maintained their unbeaten run to reach the Fed Cup final for the first time eliminating 10-time Fed Cup Champions Dhaka Mohammedan SC by 1-0 goal in the first semifinal on Thursday last.
The old Dhaka outfit booked a seat for the semifinals upsetting 11-time champions Dhaka Abahani Limited by 4-3 goals in the tie-breaker as their first quarterfinal between them ended in 1-1 draw in the extra-time after goalless in stipulated period last Monday last.
With the shocking departure of Dhaka Mohammedan, all the six former champions -- Dhaka Abahani Ltd, Sheikh Jamal DC Ltd, Sheikh Russel KC, Muktijoddha Sangsad KC and Brothers Union – were eliminated from the ongoing meet.
Rahmatganj reached the quarterfinals as unbeaten runners-up of Group C. They played two successive draws -- 0-0 against Saif SC and 1-1 against Sheikh Jamal DC -- in the group matches.
About their plan for the final, Rahmatgonj Head Coach Sayed Golam Jilani said, “They [Kings] are a big team. They have national coloured players and World Cup-playing stars, too. They’re likely to play all-out football. On the other hand, our players are young. The main thing is the temperament. They have to maintain their temperament in the field.”
Last year, Bashundhara Kings bagged their maiden Bangladesh Premier League title securing 63 points, five points ahead of runners-up Dhaka Abahani, from 24 matches while Rahmatganj MFS finished 10th in the 13-team meet securing 22 points from 24 matches with four wins, ten draws and ten defeats.
The Kings defeated Rahmatganj in both home and away matches by 1-0 goal and 3-2 goals respectively in the last year league.