Abahani Limited Dhaka

Abahani Limited Dhaka (Bengali: ঢাকা আবাহনী লিমিটেড), also referred as Dhaka Abahani or Abahani Limited, is a Bangladeshi professional football club based in the Dhanmondi area of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The club currently competes in the Bangladesh Premier League, the top flight of Bangladeshi Football.

Abahani Limited Dhaka
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Full nameAbahani Limited Dhaka
Nickname(s)The Sky Blue Brigade[1]
Short nameALD
Founded1972; 50 years ago (1972) (as Abahani Krira Chakra)
1989; 33 years ago (1989) (as Abahani Limited Dhaka)
StadiumSylhet District Stadium, Sylhet
Capacity15,000
OwnerAbhanai Limited
PresidentSalman F Rahman[2]
CoachMário Lemos
LeagueBangladesh Premier League
2021–222nd of 12th
WebsiteClub website
Current season
Active departments of Abahani Limited Dhaka
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Football (Men's)
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Football (Women's)
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Cricket (Men's)
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Hockey (Men's)
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Badminton

The club was founded as Abahani Krira Chakra (Bengali: আবাহনী ক্রীড়া চক্র), through the re-organisation of Iqbal Sporting Club in 1972 by Sheikh Kamal, the eldest son of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. In 1989, it was converted into a Limited company. Abahani Limited Dhaka is regarded as one of the country's most renowned and well supported clubs. Since arriving in the domestic football scene, the club has formed a long enduring rivalry with the neighboring Dhaka Mohammedan SC, known as the Dhaka Derby.[3]

The club has won eleven Dhaka League titles, which was the highest tier in Bangladesh until 2006. Since the inception of the country's first professional league, they have achieved a record seven Bangladesh Premier League titles.[4] With 17 domestic league titles, they are the second most sucessful club in Bangladesh top-tier league history, with the first being rivals Dhaka Mohammedan SC. The club has won both Federation Cup (12 times) and the Independence Cup (2 times) trophies. They have also enjoyed success in both continental and subcontinental football, winning 3 trophies (Charms Cup, Bordoloi Trophy and Sait Nagjee Trophy) from India, while in 2019, Abhani became the first Bangladeshi club to reach the knockout stages of the AFC Cup.[5]

HistoryEdit

The club won their first major domestic trophy in 1974 when they clinch the title of Dhaka League. In 2007, Bangladesh Football Premier League was introduced by Bangladesh Football Federation.Dhaka Abahani won the 2007 B.League which was the first edition of the league.[6] Dhaka Abahani Limited claimed their hat-trick titles of the Bangladesh Football Premier League by winning 2008–09 B.League & 2009–10 Bangladesh League respectively.[7] After a one-season break, Dhaka Abahani won their fourth league trophy by winning 2012 Bangladesh Football Premier League.[8] After a long trophyless run, Dhaka Abahani won the title of 2016 Bangladesh Federation Cup.[9] The triumph drew an end to the wait of the Dhanmondi outfit as the club last won a silverware back in the 2010–11 season. They also won the title of 2016 Bangladesh Football Premier League with an unbeaten record. The team became the first team to win the professional league title with an unbeaten record under the guidance of experienced coach György Kottán.[10] It was their fifth professional league title.

They started their 2016–17 season by retaining the title of 2017 Bangladesh Federation Cup. Equalling the record of arch-rival Dhaka Mohammedan, it was the 10th Bangladesh Federation Cup title for Abahani.[11] On 5 January 2018, Abahani also emerged as the champion of the Bangladesh Premier League for the record sixth time after they edged Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club 2–0 to confirm their second straight title with a game in hand. The club dedicated the title to their lifelong coach and former player Amalesh Sen, who died in October 2017.[12]

RivalriesEdit

Dhaka DerbyEdit

The Dhaka Derby between Abahani Limited Dhaka and Dhaka Mohammedan, is seen as the biggest game in Bangladeshi football, although the rivalry was bigger in the past. Dhaka Mohammedan and Dhaka Abahani had their first encounter during the 1973 Dhaka League. The late Amalesh Sen scored the first goal in that match and became the first-ever goal scorer in the history of the Derby. During the early 70s the rivalry began, after Abahani signed the country's poster boy at the time, Kazi Salahuddin, and broke Mohammedan's Dhaka League dominance by winning their first league title in 1974.[13] The entirety of 80s and late 90s football scene in the country was dominated by the two forces. The derby has produced many memorable moments including an event in 1982, when four Abahani players were arrested at the end of the game.[14] The early years saw many violent confrontation between the fans of both clubs, and usually lead to police intervention or matches to be played behind closed doors. Fans were prevented from bringing flares into stadiums, as the games were heavily guarded by authorities to prevent fights among supporters.[15] However, since the inception of the country's first ever professional league, called the Bangladesh Premier League, the rivalry has lost its popularity among fans, locals and the media, in spite of the fact that it still remains as one of the biggest games of the year during every season, it is not as highly anticipated as in the past.[16] The professional league era has seen Abahani dominate the rivalry, winning 6 league trophy's, while Mohammedan are still searching for their first. Abahani also lead the way when it comes to the country's main domestic cup as they have won 12 Federation Cup which is two more than their rivals. On 18 July 2019, Mohammedan earned their first victory over Abahani in 1496 days.[17] Nonetheless, since the turn of the century Abahani have outperformed their rivals on both domestic and continental level, and in turn have produced a greater number of senior international players compared to Mohammedan, in recent years.

 
Abahani Limited field

Current squadEdit

 
Dhaka Abahani starting XI in 2018 Bangladesh Federation Cup final
As of 28 November 2022

Dhaka Abahani Limited squad for 2022–23 season.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   BAN Shahidul Alam Sohel
18 GK   BAN Mahfuz Hasan Pritom
25 GK   BAN Arifuzzaman Himel
30 GK   BAN Md. Shamim Hossen
33 DF   BAN Shakil Ahmed
34 DF   BAN Muhammad Nazim Uddin
22 DF   SYR Yousef Mohammad
5 DF   BAN Riyadul Hasan Rafi
2 DF   BAN Sushanto Tripura
3 DF   BAN Nurul Naium Faisal
4 DF   BAN Rezaul Karim Reza
24 DF   BAN Assaduzzaman Bablu
15 DF   BAN Alomgir Molla
77 DF   BAN Rahmat Mia
29 DF   BAN Masud Rana
14 DF   BAN Mamun Miah
6 MF   BAN Emon Mahmud Babu
27 MF   BAN Arafat Tasin
35 MF   BAN Al-Amin Hassan Aanaf
No. Pos. Nation Player
28 MF   BAN Tonmoy Das
8 MF   BAN Mohammad Ridoy
31 MF   BAN Mohammad Al-Amin
80 MF   BRA Raphael Augusto (Captain)
16 MF   BAN Mohamed Sohel Rana
13 MF   BAN Papon Singh
20 MF   BAN Maraz Hossain Opi
19 FW   BAN Foysal Ahmed Fahim
21 FW   BAN Eleta Kingsley
7 FW   BAN Jewel Rana
10 FW   BAN Nabib Newaj Jibon
12 FW   CRC Daniel Colindres
17 FW   BAN Mehedi Hasan Royal
9 FW   BRA Getterson
23 FW   NGA Peter Nworah
11 FW   BAN Rahim Uddin

PersonnelEdit

Current technical staffEdit

As of October 2022.
Position Name
Head Coach   Mário Lemos
Assistant Coach   Jakaria Babu
  Kervin Lemos
Goalkeeper Coach   Atiqur Rahman Atiq
Trainer   Kazi Nazrul Islam
  Paulo Ramos Pereira
Physio   Atiqur Rahman Mithun
Team Manager   Satyajit Das Rupu
Youth Coach   Pranotosh Kumar Das

Board of directorsEdit

As of January 2022.
Position Name
President   Salman F Rahman
Director   Kazi Nabil Ahmed
Head of delegation   Harunur Rashid
Media officer   Tonmoy Das

Managerial recordsEdit

StatisticsEdit

As of 27 November 2022
Coach From To P W D L GS GA %W
  Ali Imam 1983 1984 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
  Kazi Salahuddin 1985 1987 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
  Ashraf Uddin Ahmed Chunnu 1989 1989 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
  Kazi Salahuddin 1992 1994 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
  Monem Munna February 1998 February 2005 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
  Amalesh Sen 2000 2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
  Andrés Cruciani February 2007 10 May 2007[18] 9 5 3 1 10 2 055.56
  Amalesh Sen 10 May 2007 27 August 2010 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
  Ali Akbar Pourmoslemi 27 August 2010 March 2011 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
  György Kottán 1 May 2016 31 December 2016 34 22 10 2 69 28 064.71
  Drago Mamić 1 January 2017 29 November 2017 21 11 7 3 27 21 052.38
  Atiqur Rahman Atiq 1 December 2017 1 February 2018 11 9 1 1 18 6 081.82
  Saiful Bari Titu 7 February 2018[19] 16 May 2018 6 1 1 4 5 12 016.67
  Jakaria Babu 17 October 2018[20] 23 November 2018 5 4 0 1 11 6 080.00
  Mário Lemos 2 December 2018[21] Present 108 73 18 17 266 124 067.59

– Interim P – Total of played matches W – Won matches D – Drawn matches L – Lost matches GS – Goal scored GA – Goals against
%W – Percentage of matches won

HistoryEdit

Professional league eraEdit

The club's competitive record since the inception of the first professional league are listed below.

Record as Bangladesh Premier League member
Season Division League Federation Cup Independence Cup Asian club competition Top league scorer(s)
P W D L GF GA Pts Position Player Goals
2007 B.League 20 14 5 1 36 8 47 Champions AFC President's Cup Group Stage   Zahid Hasan Ameli 12
2008/09 B.League 20 16 2 2 45 11 50 Champions Runners-up AFC President's Cup Group Stage   Emeka Christian 17
2009/10 B.League 24 22 1 1 63 8 67 Champions Runners-up AFC President's Cup Group Stage   Enamul Haque 21
2010/11 BPL 22 13 5 4 30 15 44 4th Champions Quarter-finals AFC President's Cup Group Stage
2012 BPL 20 13 6 1 42 15 45 Champions Quarter-finals   Twum Frank 11
2012/13 BPL 16 8 5 3 23 15 29 3rd Quarter-finals Semi-finals AFC President's Cup Group Stage   Shakhawat Hossain Rony 7
2013/14 BPL 16 8 5 3 23 15 29 Runners-up Semi-finals Semi-finals   Osei Morrison 12
2015 BPL 20 10 5 5 32 13 35 4th Quarter-finals   Sunday Chizoba 10
2016 BPL 22 15 7 0 48 16 52 Champions Champions Runners-up AFC Cup Group Stage   Sunday Chizoba 19
2017/18 BPL 22 16 4 2 35 13 52 Champions Champions Quarter-finals AFC Cup Group Stage   Sunday Chizoba 9
2018/19 BPL 24 19 1 4 60 28 58 Runners-up Champions Semi-finals AFC Cup Inter-zone Semi-final   Sunday Chizoba 20
2019/20 BPL Cancelled Quarter-finals AFC Cup Preliminary round 2   Sunday Chizoba 5
2020/21 BPL 24 13 8 3 65 29 47 3rd Semi-finals AFC Cup Withdrew   Kervens Belfort 17
2021/22 BPL 22 14 5 3 55 22 47 Runners-up Champions Champions AFC Cup Play-off round   Dorielton Gomes 18
Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated

Asian club rankingEdit

As of October 2020.[22]
Current rank Country Team Points
76   Al-Jaish SC 1373
77   Al-Wehdat SC 1373
78   Abahani Limited Dhaka 1129
79   Al-Wahda SC 1101
80   Yangon United F.C. 839

Honours and achievementsEdit

DomesticEdit

League

Cup

InvitationalEdit

Notable playersEdit

  • The players below had senior international cap(s) for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed, represented their countries before or after playing for Abahani Limited Dhaka.[29]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Abahani shares the 1982 Federation Cup with Mohammedan SC, as no winner was announced between the two sides, after a 0–0 draw in the final.

ReferencesEdit

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  20. ^ ঢাকা আবাহনীর কোচ জাকারিয়া বাবু. Daily Naya Diganta (in Bengali). 17 October 2018. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
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  22. ^ "AFC Club Ranking 2020". Archived from the original on 4 October 2020. Retrieved 4 October 2020.
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  29. ^ "Foreign Footballers in Bangladesh: From Shaker, Hejazi to Norde, Awudu". Dhaka Tribune. 17 August 2016.

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