Al Ahly Shendy of Sudan managed to hold Kenyan representatives in the CAF Confederations Cup Bandari FC to a barren draw in the two sides’ duel staged at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani on Saturday 10 August.
Bandari, the first in action for the country in the CAF competitions, could not break through a rock-solid Shendy defense and now have all to do in the return match scheduled in a fortnight.
The home team had the better of the opening exchanges and in the eighth minute, had Abdallah Hassan test the Shendy goalkeeper but his effort proved tame.
Shendi had a goal two minutes later, but that was ruled offside as Yasir Mozamil’s shot was tapped home by an offside Mohamed Abdalla. Bandari survived a scare.
Darius Msagha could have made amends for the Dockers’ flurry of missed opportunities by the quarter-hour mark when he found himself perfectly positioned for Fred Nkata’s left-wing delivery but the attacking midfielder was a second late for the cross.
Al Ahly Shendi, satisfied with their first-half performance, were happy to take a barren opening first half into the tunnel.
The second half would begin with a change from coach Bernard Mwalala; Msagha’s tired legs were rested for Benjamin Mosha’s fresher pair as the Dockers sought to break through the sturdy Shendy back line.
Nothing in the way of goals was forthcoming and more firepower was needed as striker Wycliffe Ochomo took midfielder Collins Agade’s place in the 70th minute.
Shaban Kenga was Mwalala’s final roll of the dice but the visitors stood firm, forcing the tie to a 0-0 stalemate. The two clash again on 23 August in Sudan.