Bandari FC are through to the third and final stage of the CAF Confederations Cup preliminary rounds despite suffering a 1 – 2 loss to
US Ben Guerdane of Tunisia on Sunday 29 September.
The Dockers had taken to the game a 2 – 0 lead from the first leg in Nairobi, and had William Wadri to thank after he made the most of a counter attack to draw one back for Bernard Mwalala’s side.
Ricardo Alves Pereira struck very early for hosts Guerdane for a much needed good start in the clash. Goalkeeper Michael Wanyika had done well to parry back an initial shot but a lurking Alves was on hand to fire home the opener in the fifth minute.
Alves then evened out the aggregate scores with an easy tap into the back of the net after a cross in the 21st minute. Having lost away from home, Guerdane had more than an hour to seal the tie, at home and they did all they could.
Bandari, however, kept the hosts at bay, limiting them to just close chances but no goal till the breather.
Mwalala withdrew Darius Msagha for Cliff Kasuti as soon as the second half began but it was his side that would be on the back-foot as in the 69th minute, a penalty was awarded to the hosts.
Wanyika, who had occasioned a foul in the box, saved the resultant penalty including its rebound as Bandari stayed alive in the tie. The hosts had squandered a goal that could have potentially won them the tie.
Guerdane were made to pay for missed chances in the 89th minute when just after missing an open chance through Dos Santos, a counter-attack was launched and ended with William Wadri halving the deficit on the day. 2-1 Bandari trailed but 3-2 they led on aggregate with just a few minutes of added time left to play.
With the away goal tucked in safe, The Dockers held on to see the tie end in a 2-1 loss but a 3-2 win on aggregate.