AFC Cup: All you need to know about Abahani Limited Dhaka, ATK Mohun Bagan’s Playoff opponents

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Hero Indian Super League (ISL) outfit ATK Mohun Bagan will share the field with six-time Bangladesh Premier League champion Abahani Limited Dhaka in the play-off round of the AFC Cup at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, on Tuesday.

After thumping Sri Lankan side Blue Star SC with a 5-0 victory in the preliminary stage, the hosts face stern competition from the Dhaka-based club in the upcoming round.

Ahead of the crucial matchup between the two teams, here’s a detailed look at Abahani Limited Dhaka.

History

Founded as Iqbal Sporting Club in 1972, the club clinched their first domestic trophy in 1974 in the Dhaka League. The side won the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League in 2007 and went on to retain the title for the next two seasons. Winner of the recently conducted Bengali Federation Cup, Abahani fashion immense experience and boast of a packed trophy cabinet.

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With three consecutive draws in the Bangladesh Premier League followed by a win against Baridhara, the Mario Lemos coached side eased past in the preliminary round two after a walkover by Valencia.

Head-To-Head:

Both sides battle it out for the first time.

Key Players

Dorielton: Abahani’s new signing has pumped up their game in the attack with seven goals and four assists. The Brazilian centre-forward is a threat in the box and will keep the Mariners’ defenders on their toes.

Daniel Colindres: The Costa Rican forms a deadly duo with Dorielton and has been a major part of the goals scored, netting five times and providing four assists. The winger is thunderous on the flanks and can be a nightmare for the opponents.

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