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Anatole Abang subs in to SJK's 2-1 loss to Ilves

SJK's first loss of its 2017 league campaign.

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For the third consecutive game, Anatole Abang was on the bench for SJK and subbed in during the second half.

In the week since its last match, SJK added two players to the squad: Erfan Zeneli and Obed Malolo. Zeneli was immediately thrown into the starting lineup against Ilves, and got SJK a second-half equalizer after it had fallen behind in the first half.

But Ilves went ahead again in the 63rd minute.

Abang was subbed in for SJK's in-form goal-scorer Billy Ions with about 20 minutes to play. He had a late chance to salvage a point for his team, but it didn't quite work out for him.

Ilves celebrated its win with some enthusiasm.

SJK has four points from its first three games of the new season in Finland's top flight. Next up, it will play PS Kemi on the road on April 22.

Abang has played 68 minutes in three appearances for SJK to date, and is yet to score.