Abahani Limited Dhaka

Abahani Limited Dhaka (Bengali: ঢাকা আবাহনী লিমিটেড), formerly known as Abahani Krira Chakra (Bengali: আবাহনী ক্রীড়া চক্র) is a professional sports club based in Dhaka, Bangladesh.[1]

Abahani Limited Dhaka
Abahani Limited Dhaka official logo.png
Full nameAbahani Limited Dhaka
Nickname(s)The Sky Blue Brigade
Short nameALD
Founded1972; 48 years ago (1972)
StadiumBangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka
Capacity36,000
ChairmanBangladesh Kazi Nabil Ahmed
ManagerBangladesh Satyajit Das Rupu
CoachPortugal Mário Lemos
LeagueBangladesh Premier League
2019–20BPL, 1st of 13 (no title awarded)
colours
Current season

The club was founded through the re-organisation of Iqbal Sporting Club in 1972 by Sheikh Kamal, the eldest son of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

In domestic football, they have achieved a record six Bangladesh Football Premier League titles.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4] After a one-season break, Dhaka Abahani won their fourth league trophy by winning 2012 Bangladesh Football Premier League.[5] After a long trophyless run, Dhaka Abahani won the title of 2016 Bangladesh Federation Cup.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

 
Abahani Limited field

Current squadEdit

 
Dhaka Abahani starting XI in Federation Cup 2018 final

Dhaka Abahani Limited squad for 2019–20 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
2 DF   BAN Raihan Hasan
3 DF   BAN Waly Faisal
4 DF   BAN Nasiruddin Chowdhury
5 DF   BAN Tutul Hossain Badsha
6 MF   BAN Mamunul Islam
7 MF   BAN Sohel Rana (2nd captain)
8 MF   BAN Pranotosh Kumar Das
9 FW   BAN Nabib Newaj Jibon (Captain)
10 FW   NGA Sunday Chizoba
11 FW   BAN Rubel Miya
12 MF   BAN Jewel Rana
13 DF   BAN Atiqur Rahman Meshu
14 DF   BAN Mamun Miah
15 FW   BAN Saad Uddin
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 MF   BAN Md. Sohel Rana
17 MF   KGZ Edgar Bernhardt
18 DF   EGY Alaaeldin Nasr Elmagraby
19 DF   BRA Maílson Alves
20 FW   HAI Kervens Belfort
21 DF   BAN Muhammad Nazim Uddin
22 GK   BAN Mohammad Nayeem Mia
23 MF   BAN Mohammad Ridoy
24 MF   BAN Dipok Roy
25 GK   BAN Sultan Ahmed Shakil
26 DF   BAN Syed Arafat Hossain Tasin
27 FW   BAN Faisal Ahmed Shitol
28 DF   BAN Mohammad Pranta
29 DF   BAN Mohammad Shakir Ahmed
30 GK   BAN Mohammad Shamim Hossen

Coaching staffEdit

As of November 2019

Position Name
Head Coach   Mário Lemos
Assistant Coach   Jakaria Babu
Goalkeeper Coach   Atiqur Rahman Atiq
Trainer   Kazi Nazrul Islam
Team Leader   Ali Yakub Jhontu
Physio   Atiqur Rahman Mithun

CoachesEdit

Team recordsEdit

Head coach's recordEdit

As of 15 March 2020
Coach From To P W D L GS GA %W
  Saiful Bari Titu 7 February 2018[10] 16 May 2018 6 1 1 4 5 12 016.67
  Jakaria Babu 17 October 2018[11] 23 November 2018 5 4 0 1 11 6 080.00
  Mário Lemos 2 December 2018[12] Present 47 32 6 9 104 48 068.09

AFC club rankingEdit

As of 29th January 2020.[13]
Current rank Country Team Points
77   Al Faisaly 17.95
78   Yangon United 17.80
79   Dhaka Abahani 16.43
80   Bangkok United 16.17
81   Persija Jakarta 16.08

AchievementsEdit

DomesticEdit

2007, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2012, 2016, 2017-18
1974, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989–90, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2001
1982*, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2010, 2016, 2017, 2018
  •   Liberation Cup: (1)
1977
1990
  •   DMFA Cup: (1)
1994
2000
  •   Independence Gold Cup (Rajshahi): (1)
2005
2011[14]

InvitationalEdit

1989
  •   BTC Club Cup: (1)
1991
  •   Charms Cup: (1)
1994
2010[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bangladesh – Abahani Limited, Dhaka – Results, fixtures, squad, statistics, photos, videos and news". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Abahani seal record sixth title". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  3. ^ "And the first-ever B. League crown goes to Abahani". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  4. ^ http://www.banglanews24.com. "Abahani claims hat-trick titles in B-League". www.banglanews24.com. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Abahani clinch BPL title". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Fed Cup champions Abahani on cloud nine". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Champions Abahani end unbeaten". The Daily Star. 31 December 2016. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Walton Federation Cup 2017: Dominant Abahani retain title". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Abahani dedicate title to Amalesh". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Abahani on brink of appointing coach Titu for AFC Cup". dhakatribune.com. 7 February 2018. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  11. ^ "ঢাকা আবাহনীর কোচ জাকারিয়া বাবু". dailynayadiganta.com. 17 October 2018. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  12. ^ "Abahani appoint Lemos as head coach". dhakatribune.com. 2 December 2018. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  13. ^ "AFC Club Ranking 2020". Archived from the original on 2 March 2020. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  14. ^ "Abahani crowned champions -". reflectionnews.com. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  15. ^ "Abahani romp to Bordoloi Trophy". The Daily Star. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2018.

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