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12:00 AM, February 14, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 14, 2019

Mohammedan's nadir

Mohammedan hit a new low in the professional football league as they crashed to a record fourth straight defeat, suffering a 2-1 loss to Saif SC in a Bangladesh Premier League encounter at Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

The Black and Whites, who have never lifted the prestigious trophy of the professional football league, had previously only had losing streaks extending to three games, in both the fourth and tenth editions of the professional football league.

Mohammedan suffered three straights defeats to title contenders Abahani, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russel in 2011 and to Sheikh Jamal, Chittagong Abahani and Abahani in the last edition.

In the history of the professional football league, Mohammedan have suffered 51 defeats, drawn 64 games and won 103.

This time the Motijheel-based outfit lost to lightweights Arambagh, Brothers Union, Sheikh Russel and Saif SC after starting the campaign with a 2-1 win over Team BJMC.

The fourth consecutive loss leaves them 11th in the 13-team table while Saif SC, with four wins from six games, climb to second with 13 points, two behind leaders Abahani.

From the outset, the visitors pressed Mohammedan and came close to taking the lead in the fifth minute only for South Korean recruit Seung Park to be denied by goalkeeper Sarwar Jahan before Russian forward Denis Bolshakov broke the deadlock from a 25-yarder six minutes later.

Mohammedan looked better on the counter and Nkowcha Kingsley had a chance but he drove off target before Park squandered a penalty that would have seen Saif double their lead on the half-hour mark.

After resumption, Park ran down the left flank and cut the ball back for Colombian Deiner Andres Cordoba, who simply tapped in to double the lead in the 58th minute.

Substitute Amir Hakim Bappy reduced arrears by heading home a Pashbon Mollah corner in the 61st minute but it was not good enough to avert Mohammedan from hitting a new low.

Away at the Sylhet District Stadium, Chittagong Abahani held hosts Sheikh Russel to a goalless draw. With a second straight draw, Sheikh Russel remain fourth position with 11 points from five games while Chittagong Abahani are seventh with nine points from six matches.

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