A William Wadri goal in first-half stoppage time was all that was needed for Bandari FC to secure all three points against Kariobangi Sharks in a BetKing Premier League (BPL) round 11 fixture played at the Utalii grounds on Saturday 6 February.
The Ugandan forward, returning back to the line-up after serving a two-game suspension, provided the decisive moment in an otherwise locked encounter by creating space for himself and shooting past Brian Bwire from outside the area.
All but one of the two teams’ 10 encounters in the league since Sharks’ promotion in the 2017 season have ended in similar 1-0 wins with the exception being a 3-0 Bandari win in Mombasa in 2018.
Today’s goal was also Wadri’s third against Sharks making him the top scorer in this fixture.
The win has the Coastal outfit move to within two points of Sharks as they now sit in 6th place with 16 points.
In another game also played earlier at the Utalii grounds, KCB FC saw off Vihiga United by a solitary goal scored with eight minutes remaining by Samuel Mwangi.
The win ensured The Bankers remained within touching distance of leaders Tusker as they moved to 25 points.
Below is how both Sharks and Bandari lined-up;
Starting XI: Brian Bwire (GK), Samuel Olwande, Boniface Onyango, Tom Teka, Patilah Omoto, Shaphan Oyugi, Daniel Sakari, James Mazembe, Eric Juma, Eric Kapaito, Julius Masaba
Subs: Brandon Obiero (GK), Brian Olang’o, Alphonse Omija, Boniface Mwangemi, Peter Oudu, Ronald Reagan, Peter Lwasa, John Omondi, Robert Onyango
Starting XI: Justin Ndikumana (GK), Mohammed Siraj, Atariza Meja, Brian Odera, Bernard Odhiambo, Collins Agade, Hassan Abdalla, Danson Chetambe, Zakayo Keegan, William Wadri, Darius Msagha
Subs: Abdalla Matano (GK), Salim Swaleh, Daniel Omondi, Dennis Magige, Felly Mulumba, Yema Mwana, John Mwita, Alphonse Washe, Benjamin Mosha, David King’atua, Wilberforce Lugongo