Gor Mahia’s dry spell in the domestic cup is bound to continue for longer after the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) giants were bundled out of the SportPesa Shield at the Round of 16 stage by Bandari 5 – 4 on post match penalties after a 1 – 1 draw in regular time at the Mbaraki Sports Club on Wednesday 10 April.
Heading to the game on the back of a first leg home loss to RS Berkane in the CAF Confederations Cup, Gor Mahia needed to put their best in this clash at a venue they have rarely left with a smile in recent times but it was never to be.
Bandari early off the blocks
Bandari had the first chance of the clash with skipper Felly Mulumba rising high to challenge for an inswinger by Abdalla Hassan but while he got the ball, a collision with his opposite number, Gor Mahia skipper Harun Shakava negated it all as the Gor man went down.
Collins Agade got to test Gor keeper Peter Odhiambo as Bandari enjoyed good possession in the first half but the keeper was equal to the task, parrying the shot for a corner.
Ugandan William Wadri was for most of the game the main actor and duly got his reward in the 56th minute, growing a few inches tall to plant home a header connecting with a cross coming in from the left channel.
The lead however lasted just 20 minutes; in the 76th minute Boniface Onyango had a shot blocked by Duncan Otewa but only as far as Dennis Oliech and the legendary forward collected the spills, composed himself and slotted home to restore parity.
Samuel Onyango missed one of Gor Mahia’s penalties, handing Bandari the advantage, with Shikhalo scoring the winning kick that sees Bandari secure their spot in the quarter finals.