Bandari FC took a big step in their surge to the top half of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) with a well deserved 2-1 win over title contenders KCB in the Round 23 match staged at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday 1 March.
In a match that had a largely silent opening half, the Bankers had the best chance in the first 45 minutes through skipper Mike Kibwage but his well powered header from a corner kick could only bounce off the bar with Justin Ndikumana, in the Bandari goal, beaten.
Enock Agwanda also had a half chance with a lashed shot from his weaker left foot troubling Ndikumana before the keeper fumbled a save at the second attempt.
The match became livelier in the second half and Laban Mwita would account for the best of that as he stole in to sneak the ball between Gabriel Andika’s legs for the opener in the 58th minute.
The Bankers had not even recovered, and a minute later, he got his second goal after rushing in to poke past the onrushing Andika, who had left an unguarded net. In the 68th minute, KCB would work their way to a consolation goal with a great effort that saw Michael Mutinda unselfishly tee up Dennis Odhiambo to slam low into the net.
The score line should have been bigger in favor of Bandari, who found space as the Bankers rushed forward to seek an equalizer but Danson Namasaka and Siraj Mohamed were selfish and very open chances went up in smoke.
It ended worse though, for KCB as defender Pascal Ogweno was sent off in the 87th minute for a second bookable offence after elbowing Mwita.
Wazito 4-1 Zoo FC
Earlier, at the same venue, Wazito FC had a comfortable outing, beating Zoo FC 4-1 to register their fifth straight unbeaten outing.
Dennis Nganga opened the scoring with a well taken free kick in the 22nd minute but that was canceled out by Collins Neto in the 30th minute. Paul Kiongera restored Wazito’s lead two minutes later with what should have been an easy save fro Zoo keeper Vincent Misikhu and Augustine Otu’s 45th minute goal sealed the hosts’ first half domination.
A fairly balanced second half, saw Joe Waithira, with his first contribution after rising from the bench, grab the fourth after looping over Misikhu to an exposed goal in the 74th minute.