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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Gambian coach targets first silverware in Bangladesh

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The story began with the appointment as coach of Omar Sise who would today guide the team to its first semi- final in the Modhumoti Bank Independence Cup, also a first for any team outside the Greater Dhaka Area. 

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Though still at the bottom of the league, which has two other rounds to go, Feni’s coach Omar Sise believed they have enough time to turn around the fortunes of this team for a respectable finish this season. 

As they await the resumption of the league though they have business at hand today when they go into the semis of the Modhumati Bank Independence Cup against Brothers Union at the Bangabandhu National Stadium at 5pm. Gambian coach of Feni Soccer, Omar K. Sise said that his team looks forward to be in the final. “Reaching the semis is a great achievement for us and we don’t want to stop here, we want to be in the final and I know it’s not going to be easy, we are ready to fight it out,” said Omar.

Feni Soccer and Brothers Union have never reached the final of the Independence Cup

Brothers Union beat Team BJMC 2-1 in the quarterfinals while Feni Soccer ousted defending champions Sheikh Russell in the penalty shootout to move into the semis.

Brothers Union coach Syed Naeemuddin termed that match was very important for them. “We respect Feni Soccer and we know that we have to be stronger to win against them, we are aware of their abilities, we hope to put our best and win the semifinal,” said Naeemuddin.

Feni Soccer Club, it is a professional football club that plays in Bangladesh Premier League. It was established as a major force in local football league in Feni during the 1990s. They started their journey in major football league of Bangladesh in 2009 in the “3rd City-cell B League” which is now known as “Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League”. From the beginning of the B League Career, Feni Soccer established itself as a giant killer team and they are still moving forward.

It is the only club which is situated outside Dhaka city that has never been relegated from the top flight of Bangladesh football. 

Omar Sise hails from Kiang Keneba, the Lower River Region.

By Lamin Cham

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