Nigerian striker Sunday Chizoba scored the first Bangladesh Premier League hat trick of the season as leaders Abahani Limited continued their brilliant run with a devastating 5-1 win over Feni Soccer Club at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Monday. It was the fourth league win for the Sky Blues in a row and also their biggest win of the season. George Kottan’s protégés are the only club in the 12-team point table that is still unbeaten in the league. The remaining 11 teams have each conceded at least two defeats. The win cemented Abahani’s place at the top of the Premier League standings. With 29 points from 13 games, they were five points ahead of second-placed Chittagong Abahani. On the other hand, it was Feni’s sixth consecutive defeat as they finished second from the end with just nine points. Jewel Rana gave the Sky Blues the lead in the 18th minute. The midfielder took a free kick from the edge of the box, passed Guinean defender Camara Mamadou before hitting the back of the net with a low shot into the center. Sunday doubled the lead eight minutes later with a cross from England midfielder Lee Andrew Tuck. The Nigerian striker scored again in the 54th minute from a penalty after Mamadou brought down Jewel in the penalty area. Feni goalkeeper Sujan failed with his fist on Sunday, but the rebound fell at Jewel’s feet, who shortened it to Sunday to play home. Nigerian midfielder Uche Felix pulled a deficit for Feni four minutes later with a low shot from the center of the box. Sunday completed his triple four minutes later and hit the net after a pass from Emon Babu. It was the 14th league goal this season. Young striker Saad Uddin came off the bench in the 88th minute and rounded off the defeat with a nice right foot from the right. In the other game of the day, Chittagong Abahani kept his form in a 1-0 win over Mohammedan Sporting Club, two points behind leaders Abahani. An own goal by Mohammedan defender Yusuf Ali Khan gave Chittagong Abahani the lead in the 44th minute. A lift by Zahid Hossain from the right side of the box forced Yusuf to hit the ball into his own net. Mohammedan remained ninth with 12 points.
RESULTS
Football club 1 Felix 58 5 Abahani Jewel 18, Sunday 26.54 – P, 62, Saad 88
Ctg Abahani 1 Yusuf 44 – above 0 Mohammedans