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Insipid soccer for Md Sportings in IFA Shield

Kolkata, Feb 28 (UNI) Dhaka's Mohameddan Sporting and Mohameddan Sporting (Kolkata) played out an insipid goalless draw in the second match of the IFA Shield here today.

Both teams are taking this tournament as preparatory ground for future tournaments.

Mohammedan Sporting for the second division I-League starting from March 26 and their Bangladeshi counterparts for their country's premier division league starting from April 15.

The Dhaka outfit had just a week's training before arriving here to play the tournament. They had a six months's lay-off after finishing second in the premier division league last season and that showed in their rustiness. In comparison, Mohammedan Sporting won the Prodyut Dutta memorial tournament, winning it to gain their passport to the IFA Shield.

Their movement was sluggish and that cost them a chance to win over their Bangladeshi counterpart.

Still, a number of chances fell their way in both sessions. Okoro was set up with a delightful down-the-middle pass by Prasanta but the Nigerian, now a Polish citizen, fumbled with his first touch and goalkeeper Aminul Haque rushed out of his charge to pick the ball from Okoro's boot.

Kulothungan then played a nice one-two with Okoro before moving up to collect a ball from Jyoti Kumar. Despite reaching the ball ahead of the goalkeeper, the former East Bengal player could not get past the rival goalie. Okoro got another chance deep into the second half, but blasted wide from close after a nice through from Jyoti.

In between, Mohammedan Sporting, Dhaka, got a couple of chances, first a Wali Faisal chip off a Paul MacJames header came off the crosspiece and then a blip from goalkeeper Nasim Akhtar presented a golden chance to Adil Karrouchi whose left-footer ricocheted off the woodwork.


Story first published: Friday, February 29, 2008, 12:56 [IST]
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