Gor Mahia FC and Bandari played out a barren draw at the Utalii Grounds in a round 23 BetKing Premier League match played from 3 pm.
With this season’s Caf Champions League ticket already a tough call for both teams, all went into the contest seeking a win to at least set up a tempo for the final stretch towards the championship title.
Darius Msagha was the first with an attempt on goal, firing in from over 35 yards with a shot that wouldn’t find the target. This was the sixth minute and terminates later, he would find breakthrough on the left flank and deliver a cross that Umar Kasumba could only head to the side-netting.
Gor played it out on the flanks a lot and with John Macharia’s left foot out wide, telling crosses were guaranteed. The forward line however, couldn’t get ahead of Justin Ndikumana in goal for the visitors.
Bandari’s only worry in the opening exchanges was left-back Geoffrey Ochieng, marauding the left flank at will and delivering inch-perfect crosses. He would then be found defending astutely barely seconds later.
Centre-back Charles Momanyi would go into the referee’s book first, taking the caution after hacking down Umar Kasumba in the 40th minute.
There was no separating the duo at the break.
Coach Andre Cassa Mbungo made a double change, seeing nothing changing by the hour mark and Chetambe came on for Benjamin Mosha, Kasumba Umar would be also rested for Abdallah Hassan.
Gad Mathews’ efficiency in goal has t be mentioned as he dully kept the defending champions in the tie with quick reaction whenever Bandari threatened. Keegan Ndemi, a fresh call-up to the Kenya U23 team, rounded up the entire Gor Mahia defense before finally being stopped by Gad’s intelligent reading of play.
Johanna Mwita in for William Wadri in the closing exchanges was the only highlight of injury time with the two teams sharing the spoils at the Utalii Grounds.