Bangladesh make history at the Inner London World Cup by becoming first champions
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Team Bangladesh overcome the odds to create history and become the first ever winners of the inner city seven a side World Cup organised by the Inner London Football League.
Emdad Rahman’s squad who were all assembled from within the vicinity of Tower Hamlets, Camden, Newham and Barking & Dagenham were drawn in the group of death alongside favourites Brazil, second favourites Colombia and third a formidable Jamaica side.
The first game against Colombia saw an assured display result in a convincing 2-1 win with a penalty from vice captain Abdal Ahmed and a solo finish from Jewel Haque resulting in a hugely morale boosting start.
It was the lift Bangladesh needed and this followed a resounding 4-0 second game thrashing of Jamaica courtesy of Ash Rahman, Tafazzul Ali, Abdul Wahid and Abul Hussain.
With both Brazil and England through to the semis both teams played under less pressure in their deciding game with Rahman, Nashir and Yusuf opting to look at different formations.
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Brazil took the lead but two stunning efforts from Abdul Wadud saw Team Bangladesh through to face newly installed favourites England.
The game of the tournament saw Bangladesh run out blistering 5-3 winners in a thrilling semi-final.
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It was left for one last push as Bangladesh met their old friends Brazil in the final who had earlier beaten Morocco in an entertaining semi-final shoot out.
A tense but energetic finale saw a well organised Brazil equalising Ash Rahman’s opener.
There were no more goals and it was onto penalties.
Team Bangladesh keeper Ash Rahman pulled off two stupendous saves and following on from his exploits in the Sylhet Upazila Cup in 2018 it was Jewel Haque who once again scored the decisive penalty to send the players and supporters into raptures as Bangladesh were crowned World Cup winners.
Bangladesh head coach Emdad Rahman MBE said: “Despite being in the group of death not once did I ever doubt the boys could achieve this.
“What was key was the attitude of the players, the genuine camaraderie, respect for themselves and opponents, hunger and undoubted ability.
“As the squad came together on the pitch they created the perfect storm.”