Bandari bounce back with win over Talanta as Sofapaka share spoils with Gor in Wundanyi
Bandari salvaged some lost pride in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League yesterday after beating hosts FC Talanta 2-0 at Moi International Sports Centre (MISC) Kasarani Annex.
Former Nakivubo Sports Club Villa, Sofapaka and Zambia’s Zesco United man, Ugandan Umaru Kasumba returned from injury to give the Dockers the lead after only four minutes inside the match.
In what was an afternoon to remember for Bandari’s foreign players, Congolese Felly Mulumba put the issue beyond doubt with the second strike in the 77th minute.
The win came as a huge relief for Bandari who threw away a chance to beat AFC Leopards at Nyayo National Stadium last weekend in an encounter that ended 2-2.
It was Kasumba who gifted Bandari with the opener from close range finish after slack defending by Talanta.
Although the 2019 SportPesa/LG February best player had his efforts stymied by Talanta’s backline later in the game, he was proud of the goal he plundered.
“I’m happy to have scored in my comeback and I will keep on working hard to bag more goals,” observed Kasumba who was later substituted for Danson Namasaka.
Bandari made more changes by introducing Abdallah Hassan for Joseph Otieno and John Mwita for William Wadri but could not add on the score line.
In the meantime, hopes of third placed Nairobi City Stars to close in on frontrunners Kakamega Homeboyz and Tusker went up in smoke after losing 2-1 top Nairobi City Stars in yet another mid-week action.
Rangers had taken a fifth minute advantage with an opportunistic goal before Lennox Ogutu equalized for Simba wa Nairobi in the 42nd minute.
Rangers would then grab the winning goal with seven minutes left on the clock.
At Bukhungu Stadium, Homeboyz secured a 1-0 win over Vihiga Bullets to continue clinging on top of the chart.
Yema Mwana proved why he is one of the league’s top performers when he scored the lone goal in the 24th minute.
In Wundanyi, Peter Lwasa saved Gor Mahia from the jas of defeat in a1-1 draw with Sofapaka.
Batoto Ba Mungu’s inspired play in the early exchanges saw Joe Waithera put them into the lead in the 30th minute before the hosts relaxed their tempo, allowing Gor to drill the equalizer.
In Kasarani, Mathare United eased their relegation worrie after coming back from behind to hold Kariobangi Sharks to a 1-1 draw.