Kakamega Homeboyz marked their return to the Bukhungu Stadium with a 2-1 loss to visiting Bandari FC despite taking a 1-0 first half lead through Kenya U23 international David Okoth- this being a round 31 FKF Premier League contest staged from 3 pm.
Johanna Mwita’s equalizer a minute off of the restart set Coach Andre Cassa Mbungo’s men on their way to victory with Umar Kasumba providing the winner late in the game.
Bandari started the match with more intent, Siraj Mohammed seeing up Johanna Mwita for an 8th minute chance but the lanky forward could only find the upright.
Having failed to utilise their opening chances, Bandari conceded a 17th minute free kick and stepping up for it was Kenya U23 man David Okoth. He would punish the visitors.
A very physical first half characterised the following minutes after the opener and it was no surprise when Coach Andre threw in Mosha Benjamin for injured Hassan Iddi on 33 minutes. He would settle well but it was Homeboyz to take the half time lead as the teams rushed out for the breather.
Johanna Mwita rose to the occasion seconds after the restart. Latching onto a loose ball after David Juma- in goal for Homeboyz- had parried Bandari’s initial attempts, he would fire in the equaliser, and the hosts watched stunned by the sudden turn of events. Bandari were level on 46 minutes.
Coach Mbungo then threw in Lugogo Wilberforce for Collins Agade as he sought more authority in the midfield, one dominated by Homeboyz duo of Shami Mwinyi and Francis Omondi in the first half. Meanwhile, his opposite number Nicholas Muyoti had sent out the trio of Derrick Onyango, Steven Wakanya and Nigerian Kingsley Fasanmi out to warm up.
Bandari would pull through before any of the pending Homeboyz changes did any harm as Benjamin Mosha, now fully settled in the game, struck the winner on 84 minutes. A devastating counter attack that the hosts could do nothing about as everyone was upfront seeking the lead.
Onyango would come in for Stephen Etyang, and Kingsley for Wanga Allan, but a late surge upfront by Homeboyz was well thwarted by the visitors who held on to win 2-1.
Bandari rise to 4th on the log, a three point difference between them and Homeboyz who all back to 8th position in a very competitive mid table homestretch.