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Sk Kamal Int'l Club Cup
Dhaka MSC face East Bengal in 2nd semi today
Sports Reporter
Published :Wednesday, 28 October, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 22

Sk Kamal Int'l Club Cup
East Bengal, the champion of Group-B will face Dhaka Mohammedan, runner-up of Group-A in the second semi-final of the Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup football tournament today (Wednesday) at 7:40 pm at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong.
Earlier, Dhaka Mohammedan were defeated by Afghanistan team De Spin Ghar Bazan in the first group match while in the second group match, they bounced back and beat Sri Lankan team Solid SC. In the third and last group match, Black and White defeated Kolkata Mohammedan by 2-1 goals and confirmed the semis as group runner-up.
On the other hand, in the first match of Group-B East Bengal win over host Chittagong Abahani by 2-1 while they beat Pakistan team Karachi Electric by 3-1 in the second match. Third match between East Bengal and Dhaka Abahani was ended goalless and East Bengal registered the semis as group champion.
Mohammedan coach Kazi Jasim Uddin said, "After losing the first group match we were in the back foot. But we returned winning in the second match. Also we won the third match under tremendous pressure as many of our players were sick during the match. I am very happy and proud of their dedication in the field. Their efforts were extraordinary.
Regarding opponents, Mohammedan coach said, "They were the most balanced team in the tournament so far. Their plus point is playing so many matches in every year which we cannot. That's the reason our opponents are ahead of us. There are so many problems in our team. But my motto is not to die before the death. I believe that it's not impossible to win. Dhaka Abahani played against them in the group match. In that match Abahani took so many chances which created trust. East Bengal plays in long pass and we play in short pass. After watching their video we will decide our strategy."
Mohammedan got two days to practice before the semi-final match. Coach was worried about some of the players who were suffering from fever.
Mohammedan skipper Arup Kumar Vaidya said, "Earlier, our only target was to play the semi-final which is already been achieved.  Now, we will play for the final match. I think that we are not only a club, but the representative of the country as well."

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