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KFC Independence Cup Football
Defending Champions MSC take on Sk Jamal today
Sports Reporter
Published :Sunday, 3 April, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 13

Mohammedan Sporting Club Ltd, the defending champions of Independence Cup, are taking on Sk Jamal, the defending champions of Bangladesh Premier League, in a high voltage match of the KFC Independence Cup-2016 today (Sunday) at 4:00 pm at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.
Dhaka Abahani will face Soccer Club, Feni in the day's second match at 6:30 pm at the same venue.
Mohammedan Sporting Club clinched the title of Independence Cup-2014 under coaching of Rui José Capela Batista, the first ever Portuguese coach of a club in the country. They defeated Soccer Club, Feni in the tiebreaker by 5-4 margin in the final. So, winning the tournament will be a challenge for the traditional black and white outfits.
This year, Mohammedan formed a youth-based team while Sk Jamal also formed a team without any star players who had played for them last year.
However, Sk Jamal who clinched three Premier League titles became runners-up in the Independence Cup 2012-13. But, they had not seen any title of the event till now. Thus, they will also try to collect an Independence Cup crown to keep in the showcase. 
The Dhanmondi Club were undergoing many problems including the issue of eight-booter. The eight booters are now in three clubs, Chittagong Abahani, Dhaka Abahani and Sheikh Russel KC. Before the matter is decided, the eight players will not be able to play for any clubs.
Before Thursday evening, Sk Jamal had not even applied to play the tournament. But their officials were saying the media that they would play it if they get back their players.
But, BFF senior vice-president Abdus Salam Murshedy announced that the Federation would not allow the club to play without their official application. Then, the club sent application to BFF showing interest to take part in and also said that they would not want the players back until it is decided in the court.
Now, the football fans are waiting to whether the defending champions of Premier League or Independence Cup are going to win the match today.

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