Mohammedan Sporting Club earned a crucial point in their bid to avoid relegation from the top tier by holding defending champions Sheikh Jamal DC to a 1-1 draw at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
The Black and Whites, who have hovered just above the drop zone for the entire league this season, are two points above second-from-bottom Uttar Baridhara and four clear of table-sweepers Feni Soccer Club. Mohammedan have one game remaining while the two sides below them have two games in hand each, with two teams set to be demoted to the second tier at the end of the season.
The Black and Whites were the ones to break the deadlock when Tawhidul Alam Sabuj brilliantly placed the ball past diving Sheikh Jamal goalie Mazharul Islam Himel on 19 minutes after receiving a through-pass from skipper Ismail Bangoura. This was the eight goal of the campaign for the former national striker, who had spent a considerable amount of time on the sidelines due to injury.
The lead lasted only six minutes as Sheikh Jamal’s Gambian forward Landing Darboe found the top left corner of the net with a curling free-kick, leaving Mohammedan goalkeeper Mohammad Nehal rooted to his spot. Both sides had their fare share of chances to grab the lead, but eventually no more goals meant both had to leave the field with a share of the spoils.
The draw left Mohammedan with 19 points while Sheikh Jamal remained third with 31 points.