Kagame Cup: Mwana strikes late to spare Bandari’s blushes

For the second game at the ongoing CECAFA Kagame Cup championship, Bandari FC have played to a share of the spoils with their latest stalemate being a 2-2 draw with Mukura Sports at the Huye Stadium in Butare Rwanda on Tuesday 9 July.

The Mombasa based side’s second game in Group B saw Congolese striker Yema Mwana spare his team’s blushes with a stoppage time leveler after they had seen their first half lead wiped off by a determined Mukura side in the second stanza.

Shaban Kenga had given Bandari the lead after half an hour with a back post header off of a Collins Agade cross to send Bernard Mwalala’s charges into the break the better of the two sides.

Yema Mwana after scoring a late equalizer for Bandari against Mukura Sport at the 2019 Kagame Cup (PIC: Bandari)

But a complete turnaround in the second half saw Mukura take the game by the scruff of the neck with Nyilikindi Mbappe rifling a thunderbolt shot past Faruk Shikalo just a minute after the restart.

Tide swung

The goal would swing the tide into their favour but they would be made to wait until eight minutes from time to score what could have been the winner through Evode Ntwali. But the goal would be cancelled out in the 91st minute by Mwana who was the Dockers’ top scorer in the league last season with 12 goals and looks like he is picking up where he left off ahead of the upcoming campaign.

Bandari had also draw their tournament opener against KCCA of Uganda 1-1 and now maintain second place in Group B with two points behind leaders and defending champions Azam FC of Tanzania who have three points from their 1-0 win over Mukura.

The Bandari squad that started against Mukura (PIC: Bandari FC)

The table structure could change though with Azam and KCCA currently doing battle in the second game of a planned double header at the Huye ground.

Four matches

Four matches were scheduled to be played on Tuesday, two from Group B and two from Group A.

Group A leaders Rayon Sport will be up in the late kick off of the day at the Kigali Stadium against Atlabara of South Sudan looking to book their place in the next round with a game to spare.

Rayon defeated guest team TP Mazembe in their first match while Atlabara drew one-all with KMC of Tanzania.

KMC will take on TP Mazembe in the other game at the same venue in Kigali. A loss for Mazembe will see them become the second team to exit the tournament after Heegan FC of Somalia did so on Monday.