Bandari FC on Sunday 27th went down by four goals to two to Horoya SC of Guinea in the first leg of their CAF Confederation Cup clash played from 7 pm Kenyan time.
Despite clawing back from two goals down in the first half to level the scores before the half time break, the Dockers were undone by Burkina Faso International Aristide Bance’s clinicality in the second half- giving Horoya a two-goal advantage ahead of the return leg set to be played in Nairobi.
Yema Mwana and Abdallah Hassan were the names for Bernard Mwalala’s men on the score-sheet.
The Kenyan reps started badly, going down in the very first minute through an Aristide Bance goal. Fifteen minutes later, Horoya went two up, this time, capitalizing on their physically imposing nature to force in a set play. Nikiema Dramane was the one on the end of the second goal.
Bandari, very familiar with away crowds, regrouped and almost pulled one back in the 18th minute but Yema Mwana’s shot was parried back into play by Horoya keeper, and Wadri William’s attempt at the rebound was quelled too.
The goal finally came, in the 25th minute as Abdalla Hassan made the most of a Darius Msagha cross to make it 2-1.
Horoya thought they could carry their slim lead into the break but Yema had other ideas, driving home the equalizer after being set up by Collins Agade.
2-2 was the scoreline at half time.
Horoya needed just seven minutes of the second half to reclaim their lead as Bance struck his brace with a ferocious drive from just outside of the 18-yard box.
Coach Mwalala then withdrew Dan Guta in favor of Danston Chetambe to try and bring his men from a goal down. Cliff Kasuti soon followed in, taking Darius Msagha’s place, but things would only change positively for the home side.
Bance, now in search of his third, was perfectly positioned in the box for a 68th minute delivery from the right flank, heading in for 4-2 past Bandari keeper Michael Wanyika.
It would end this way, Bandari fighting to reduce the deficit once more, and Horoya, looking to add more. The two lock horns in Nairobi in a week’s time.
Earlier in the day, Gor Mahia FC had been held to a 1-1 draw by visiting DC Motema Pembe in Nairobi- also a first leg fixture of the CAF Confederation Cup ultimate round.