King’atua brace sends Bandari into GOtv Shield final

By alex wafula
Nov 15, 2021
  • Bandari players celebrates their fourth goal as Muhoroni's Yusuf Mohammed watches dejectedly.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Muhoroni Youth's Wycliffe Ochomo shields Bandari Humprey Okoti during their match.Bandar won 4-1.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Former Nairobi City Stars and Thika United striker David King’atua struck a brace as Bandari FC reached the final of the GOtv Shield after a 4-1 win over Muhoroni Youth.

The coast based team who have never played continental football are just on the cusp of making history for their club.

If Gor Mahia who have not played their quarter final clash against Administration Police make it to the final, then Bandari will have a direct ticket to the CAF Confederations Cup next year.

But there was a fixture confusion that almost cost Muhoroni the game even before kickoff.

Muhoroni were readied for the match in Kisumu but had to travel overnight by road on Saturday and reached Nairobi at 9am on match day.

Muhoroni had been in Kisumu with knowledge that the game was at the Moi Stadium, only to be told they had to be in Nairobi for the match.

“It is very unfortunate, today, we lost not because we are a bad team but because of disorganization. We had a letter stamped and signed by the FKF secretary general telling us the match is in Kisumu only to be told that we are playing in Nairobi,” Muhoroni Youth coach James Omondi told Sportsnewsarena.com.

His sentiments were echoed by his opposite number Twahir Muhiddin.

“I feel very sorry for the Muhoroni players because they didn’t lose because they are a bad team but because their management chose to play politics. We prepared ourselves well psychologically and that is why we won the match.”

Early goal for Bandari 

Just six minutes in, Bandari had scored the opener.

Shariff Mohammed turned home a corner from Victor Ndinya to break the deadlock with Muhoroni still struggling to get into the game. Bandari had started faster and hungrier, deservedly getting the opener.

Muhoroni attempted to up their ante in search of an opener and Wellington Ochieng saw his free header from an Abbas Akinyemi corner sail over in the ninth minute.

Muhoroni had the closest opportunity in the 13th minute with Humphrey Okoti being forced to clear a yard from the line after George Mandela had rasped in a shot from inside the box after keeper Wilson Obungu had punched away a Geoffrey Rono shot.

Bandari came close twice in quick succession, George Abege connecting a cross from David Gateri over while King’atua had a screamer going inches wide in the 22nd minute.

But as the clock ticked, Muhoroni slowly got into the game and they should have scored with George Mandela seeing a chance saved in the 32nd minute.

The winger had broken off on the left before facing Obungu one on one, but the latter managed to stretch his body and prevent Mandela’s effort from going on target. But the best chance fell on Wycliffe Ochomo in the 40th minute.

The burly winger had raced onto a Kennedy Rono through pass before beating Obungu, but his effort went against the upright.

He raced onto the rebound but amazingly, with a gaping goalmouth Ochomo failed to score when it was harder to miss.

1-0 at break 

His half was to finish worse, still reeling from the miss, he survived a red card offence at half time after appearing to stamp on Obungu in an off the ball incident.

He only escaped with a yellow card. On resumption, Bandari got two up nine minutes on after Yussuf Mohammed deflected a shot from Mudde Musa into his own net.

Farouk Shikhalo had done well to parry away a shot from Victor Ndinya, but it was Mudde who reacted the fastest to pick up the ball and fire.

The third came just three minutes later, King’atua hitting into the roof of the net with his weaker right foot from a Shabaan Kenga square pass.

Gor plays AP Friday 

The goal completely deflated Muhoroni and it was Bandari who now pulled the strings, passing the ball with ease.

King’atua came close again in the 67th minute but his shot was saved by Shikhalo after some good work from Abege who laid up a cross for the striker.

King’atua though made it four with less than ten minutes left with a shot from outside the box. Wilson Obungu’s hopes of keeping a clean sheet were thwarted with Murai beating him one on one in the 89th minute.

Gor Mahia’s quarter against AP will be played on Friday November 20. The winner of this tie meets Nakumatt FC in a semi-final at a date yet to be known.

Most likely, it will be played after the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup with the tournament starting on November 21.

Harambee Stars’ first game will be on November 22 against Uganda Cranes.