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Inevitable BML lifts Club Maldives Cup for a second time

BML winners

United BML thrashed Club WAMCO 6-1 in the final of Club Maldives Cup 2019 to bring the tournament glory for the second time in their history. Coach Ismail Anil is perhaps their lucky charm, as his return after the 2016 tournament made them crown the championship once again.

Ali Haafiz’s (Haappe) magic was extraordinary, as his stellar performance throughout the tournament was inevitable. It is not an easy task to score hat-tricks in the toughest stages of such a competitive tournament. However, Haafiz did it in the semifinal clash against Ooredoo and then again with WAMCO in the final match. His supremacy in the game has surely created his own legacy in the tournament.

Haafiz took the lead for BML early in the first half. Ishan Ibrahim (Sattu) assisted him after securing the ball hardly from WAMCO’s players, for Haafiz only to tap-in to the goal.

As a result, WAMCO gave a hard time to the BML’s goalkeeper Mohamed Shafeeu (Shaappe), trying to find an equalizer before the end of the first period of the game. But the first half ended 1-0 to BML.

WAMCO’s attacks were looking much deadly just after the restart. But Shafeeu stood bravely on his feet to thwart them from finding an equalizer.

Haafiz then extended the lead for BML, from an inch-perfect assist from Ibrahim Sinah (Cina). Haafiz completed his hat-trick on the stretch, shortly after the second goal. That almost killed the game. But WAMCO’s best player of the night Ibrahim Aswad (Gabey) succeeded in penetrating Shafeeu to make it 3-1.

However, Aswad’s goal was only a consolation as BML scored three more goals before the final whistle. Ishan scored their fourth goal and Sinah scored a brace to make it surprisingly to 6-1.

What might have gone wrong for Club WAMCO to suffer such a huge defeat in the final? Is that because their tireless defensive player Hussain Qassan Labeeb (Hussy) was sidelined due to suspension? Or is that their tired legs which could not push them any further towards the end, after a tough Quarter and semifinal match? Nevertheless, there is one thing for sure that, BML’s Haafiz gave a sublime performance, for which they could do nothing to stop him.

Speaking to PSM after the game, WAMCO’s coach Ahmed Nisam said that the defeat they suffered was not because of the absence of their defensive player Hussain Qassan Labeeb (Hussy), but it was the key performance of BML’s goalkeeper Shafeeu, who won the match for them.

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