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Federation Cup Football
Mukti-Jamal lock horns in final today
Sports Reporter
Published : Thursday, 5 March, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 15

Defending champions Sheikh Jamal DC and runner-up Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra, the All Reds will play their final meet of the Federation Cup Football 2014-2015 today (Thursday) at 5:15 pm at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
It's the same opponents fought in the last year final where Jamal boys clinched the title beating Mukties by 1-0 margin.
BTV World will telecast the match live while Bangladesh Betar will broadcast the commentary from the field.
The Reds jerseys confirmed their final berth on Monday after beating strong rival Mohammedan Sporting Club by 4-3 margin in the penalty shutouts after the scheduled time was ended in a 1-1 draw in the second semi-final.
Defeating Sheikh Russel KC by 2-1 margin, Sk Jamal secured their fifth consecutive final on Sunday's first semi-final meet. Despite taking the lead on that day, the Royal Blues failed to maintain lead against the experienced Yellow side till the end.
Jamal boys are hopeful of winning the final while last year runner-up Muktijoddha, which played seven finals so far, is also geared up to clinch the trophy for the fourth time. Sk Jamal has two champion trophies in their collection.
Abu Yousuf, coach of Muktijoddha pointed out Sheikh Jamal an unquestionably stronger team though he was confident that the boys came to play the final and they will play it in their own way.
He said, "We want to win the title of the first tournament of the year. Sheikh Jamal is a tough opponent, but we're not afraid of them."
Muktijoddha skipper Enamul Haque wished to take revenge of their defeat in the final last edition against the same opponent.
AKM Maruful Haque, coach of Jamal expressed his hope that his boys would be able to defend the title as his players are all set to play the final in their style.
He said, "My boys are fit and our concentrated to retain the title. If they can play in their usual style then there is nothing to be worry about."
"Muktijoddha is good enough team as they downed teams like Abahani and Mohammedan before. So, we are considering them a strong opponent," said the coach.
Jamal skipper as well as defender Nasir Uddin Chowdhury said that his team has winning scorers and their team spirit is on high.

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