Poplar Legends close in on winning Sonali Othith Masters Tournament at Mulberry Leisure Centre

Poplar Legends are on the verge of winning the Sonali Othith Masters Tournament (pic: Emdad Rahman).

Poplar Legends are on the verge of winning the Sonali Othith Masters Tournament (pic: Emdad Rahman). - Credit: Archant

Captain Dilawar Miah taking nothing for granted with Dawatul Islam still in the hunt for the venteran’s title

Champions-elect Poplar Legends eased into the penultimate week of matches at Mulberry Leisure Centre in the Sonali Othith Masters Tournament and are now firm favourites to lift the veteran’s championship.

Rekhon Ali scored a stunning hat-trick with a fourth from Dilawar Miah in the first game against Ocean.

In the second match Shagor were dispatched 3-1 with Ali, Dilawar Miah and man of the tournament Mashud Miah sealing an easy 3-1 victory. The wins leave Poplar favourites to clinch the title next week.

Captain Dilawar Miah said: “We play a tight game which requires one hundred and ten percent from each player.

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“It’s a great feeling to be in this position. Dawatul Islam in second place can still win the title and we are taking nothing for granted.

“There is no talk about the championship in our camp and we will prepare for next week as we normally do - with full focus.

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Faruque Mahfuz Ahmed from Sonali Othith added: “Despite two teams easing ahead the main thing is the competitive nature throughout.

“Everyone is playing for pride and this is reflected in the game standards we have enjoyed watching.”

In other games Shagor beat CAG 2-1 who went onto lose 4-1 to Shadwell. Second-placed Dawatul Islam beat Shadwell 3-0 and Ocean 5-1 respectively.

Sonali Othith chair Dawlath Khan Babul hopes more people will sign up for future tournaments, adding: “It’s more important that people engage with physical activities as they grow older.

“Once we reach a certain age there is a danger of isolation and depression engulfing the self and these get togethers are a great and positive outlet for many.”

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