Bashundhara Kings qualified for the Federation Cup final defeating Dhaka Abahani 3-1 in the second semifinal match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka Thursday (Jan 7).
The Kings will face Saif Sporting Club in the grand finale of the season opening Federation Cup Sunday (Jan 10).
The clash between the two domestic giants was locked at 1-1 after the end of normal time; Abahani drawing first goal at the half hour mark through Brazilian striker Francisco, who sidefooted home from a pass from Haitian Kervens Belfort.
Bashundhara Kings brought parity in the 51st minute through Brazilian attacker Jonathan Fernandes after a fine individual run into the box and a sumptuous finish, although it was initially rewarded to Chilean striker of Argentine origin, Raul Beccera.
Raul first gave the Kings the lead in the 110th minute after fine build-up play down the right flank before a melee ensued moments later when Bangladesh striker Nabib Newaj Jibon found the back of the net from an off-side position.
Fernandes hammered the final touch to continue the Kings’ celebrations.