Bandari beat Mathare to move into top four

By alex wafula
May 06, 2021
  • Mathare United's Daniel Mwaura vies for the ball with Bandari's Shaban Kenga at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.(Photo by Alex Wafula)

Bandari FC’s trip to the mainland has yielded them four points, beating Mathare United 1-0 on Friday in Machakos to add on to the point from their midweek draw with Sofapaka in Nairobi.

In a hugely competitive tie, Bandari took full advantage of a defensive lapse to hit the solo goal through Anthony Wambani.

The victory took them to fourth on the log with 145 points, edging out AFC Leopards on goal difference prior to their game on Sunday against Gor Mahia.

Paul Nkata, the Bandari FC coach was impressed with the victory and the manner in which his boys carried themselves through despite having played just four days prior on an artificial turf.

“It was a bit hard at first to manage but I thought we really came up well and it is a huge motivation to pick four points off our two away games. We are improving slowly and the results are showing,” Nkata said after the match.

Mathare, fresh from a 1-0 win over Gor Mahia last weekend were caught out and will have only themselves to blame after losing many chances.

Assistant coach Salim Ali has blamed the defeat on inexperience of his charges, but remains optimistic they are learning and will be a better outfit heading into more matches.

After an opening 25 minutes that didn’t produce much of clear cut chances, the two sides increased the pace as the game progressed.

It was Mathare who seemed hungrier and they had the first chance in the 27th minute when Derrick Onyango shot wide from a loose ball at the edge of the box.

Two minutes on the turn, they were punished for the wasted opportunities with a lapse at the back. Lack of communication between defender Andrew Juma and his goalkeeper Levis Opiyo saw Jacob Keli pick up the ball before spreading to Wambani who made no mistake.

As if they had not learnt, another similar defensive lapse almost saw Bandari get the second. This time though, Lennox Ogutu managed to race back in time to prevent Wilberforce Lugogo from scoring after being put through by Keli.

At the start of the second half, Mathare showed their intention of going all out attack.

Defensive midfielder Abubakar Keya was brought off for offensive player Tyson Otieno. Otieno had an almost immediate impact when he was brought down at the edge of the box, but Mwaura blasted the freekick wide.

Bandari managed to guard their rear seeing the three points safely through.

Sharks down Sony 

In the late kick off, Kariobangi Sharks picked up their fourth win of the season beating Sony Sugar 2-0.

Defender Pascal Ogweno opened the scores after sweeping home from a corner in the first half before Ovellah Ochieng confirmed the three points with a goal 12 minutes to time.

“When we won our first match, I knew we would come through very well because what had been lacking is the confidence. Now we are playing better and this is just the beginning. We are set to see the best of this team,” William Muluya, the Kariobangi Sharks tactician noted.

KPL weekend fixtures:(Kick off 3 p.m.) Friday: Mathare United 0 Bandari 1, Kariobangi Sharks 2 Sony Sugar 0 (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos), Nzoia Sugar 1 Nakumatt 1 (Sudi Stadium, Bungoma). Saturday: Posta Rangers v Sofapaka (Afraha Stadium, Nakuru), Chemelil Sugar v Muhoroni Youth (Chemelil Complex), Tusker FC v Kakamega Homeboyz (Ruaraka Complex). Sunday: AFC Leopards v Gor Mahia (Nyayo Stadium), Thika United v Ulinzi Stars (Thika Stadium), Western Stima v Zoo Kericho (Moi Stadium, Kisumu).