Bandari go top of KPL table
Anthony ‘Muki’ Kimani scored his first goal in a Bandari shirt as the dockers picked a 1-0 win over host club Nairobi City Stars at the Nairobi City Stadium yesterday to move to the summit of the log.
At Afraha Stadium, Muhoroni Youth thumped Nakuru All Stars 3-1 to register their first win of the season
Bandari’s victory increased their points tally to 10 from five matches. They now enjoy a one-point advantage over second placed Gor Mahia who have played two games less.
Kimani, a January signing from Sofapaka poked the ball home from close range in the 12th minute to keep the dockers title aspirations in fine momentum.
City Stars have had a rough start to the league and their dismal performance continued on Wednesday.
Their loss was the fourth in a row as pressure begins to mount on Ugandan coach Paul Nkata.
Parading four former City Stars players in David Gateri, David King’atua, Lawrence Kasadha and George Abege, Bandari bossed proceedings in the first half to claim a deserved half time lead.
“I’m happy. There is pressure with being at the top but it’s a good feeling and good for the management. The office has put much effort in the team and we are reaping the fruits,” an ecstatic Bandari coach Twahir Muhiddin said shortly after the match.
King’atua’s creativity in the middle of the pack and Duncan Otewa’s high work rate at the rear worked in favour of the visitors.
The hosts’ weak midfield also gave room to John Ndirangu to wreak havoc time and again with pin-point passes.
In the 57th minute, Ndirangu broke clear and made a mazy run towards Stars’ goal to find Shaban Kenga who blasted over the cross bar from an cute angle.
Clear cut chances for Nkata’s charges were few and far between, but Joseph Sakwa – the star performer in the 1-2 defeat to Tusker at the weekend – forced Bandari custodian Wilson Oburu to a fine save in the 40th minute with a sublime free kick .
Sakwa came prodding again at the stroke of half time.