Kervens Belfort scored twice as defending champions Abahani grabbed a solo lead in the Bangladesh Premier League with a 4-0 thrashing of strugglers Brothers Union at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
The Haitian striker doubled Abahani's lead with a fine glancing header in the 18th minute after Uttam Roy's own goal had given the league leaders the lead in the 11th minute. Brothers, who have been languishing towards the bottom of the 13-team table, did get a chance to reduce arrears later in the half, but failed to do so as Leonardo Lima's shot from the top of the box was cleared off the goalline by Abahani defender Tutul Hossain Badsha.
Sunday Chizoba increased the margin, slotting home from inside the box in the 42nd minute,and the defending champions went into the break with a comfortable 3-0 lead.They increased the margin 12 minutes after restart, with Belfort getting his second goal with a powerful shot from the middle of the box.
The Haitian could have grabbed a well-deserved hattrick had his chip not come off the crossbar in the 80th minute, but the Sky Blues ran away comfortable winners regardless.
Brothers could have added some respectability to the scoreline had Abahani keeper Shahidul Alam not made a fine save from a Mannaf Rabbi effort towards the end of the game to confirm a clean sheet.
The fifth win on the trot took Abahani to 18 points from seven matches, three clear of Bashundhara Kings who have played five matches. Brothers remain on three points from six matches.