Bandari cement second spot as AFC humble Nakumatt
Bandari cemented their hold on second spot in the Kenyan Premier League standings after beating Tusker FC 1-0 in Ruaraka, while AFC Leopards dislodged Sofapaka from third spot with a 4-2 thrashing of Nakumatt FC in Machakos.
Sofapaka relinquished their hold on third spot and consequently their quest for the Premier League title after losing by a solitary goal to relegation fighting Vihiga United while Ulinzi Stars suffered a similar loss at the hands of a resurgent Sony Sugar.
At the Kasarani Stadium, Mathare United lifted the veil off an eight match winless streak with Ahmad Ahmed scoring six minutes from time to hand the former champions a 2-1 win over Kariobangi Sharks in a ‘Slum Derby’ tie.
In Ruaraka, Bandari went up early with Yema Mwana striking the visitors ahead after four minutes when the Tusker defense went to sleep failing to defend well from a corner.
Bandari were high in confidence especially having broken Gor Mahia’s unbeaten run last Tuesday and they were not ready to let the winning streak go off easily.
Tusker who had won back to back to move sixth wanted to show a response especially playing at home and noting they had beaten Bandari in both their meetings this season. They thought they had done so in the 18th minute when David Juma side footed home a cross from the right, but the effort was ruled out for offside.
Peter Nzuki had an effort with a volley after controlling the ball well with his chest, but it could not beat keeper Faruk Shikhalo who was well placed to collect.
John Kamau thought his header was headed into the net few minutes later when he beat keeper Shikhalo to the ball from a Lloyd Wahome cross, but Nicholas Mejja on the line for Bandari cleared the ball.
Tusker continued pounding and Achema had another effort after beautifully taking the ball on his chest before having a go with a volley, but it went inches over the bar.
In the second half, Bandari came back stronger in the first few minutes looking for a goal to seal the deal. Winger Hamissi Abdallah twice saw his shots blocked by keeper Patrick Matasi after weaving his way on the right.
On the hour mark, William Wadri had a golden chance to finish off the game from a counter attack but his effort after shooting low past matasi came against the upright.
After dodging the bullet, Tusker mounted pressure with head coach Robert Matano making changes in midfield bringing on Hashim Ssempala and Brian Osumba, but Bandari defended with their lives.
Tusker had chances from set pieces, but the towering figure of Felly Mulumba in defense was ever present to thwart any danger.