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Bandari pile more misery on Tusker

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Tusker FC's Noah Wafula in action at a previous SPL clash. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

Tusker FC’s Noah Wafula in action at a previous SPL clash. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

NAIROBI, September 12 – Lawrence Kasadha condemned former champions, Tusker FC to their sixth successive match without a win after netting the winner for Bandari’s 1-0 victory in a SportPesa Premier League encounter hosted at Mombasa County Stadium on Saturday.

In Awendo, Hamidu Kwizera and Marwa Chamberi were on target as Sony Sugar beat GOtv Shield Champions 2-0.

Elsewhere, Muhoroni Youth climbed to fourth on the log after Oscar Oketch scored the winner in their 1-0 win over Mathare United.

In the early kick-off, Tusker custodian, Martin Musalia’s school boy error at the half hour mark gifted the Dockers maximum points to see them bounce back from a 2-1 defeat to champions, Gor Mahia.

Unsettled Musalia who joined the Brewers mid season from AFC Leopards, could have handed the host a double in the second half when he miscalculated Anthony Kimani’s cross that flipped off his hands to see him collect the ball that had crossed the line.

George Abege pleaded for the goal but referee, Moses Osano waved play on, although replays showed the ball had crossed the line.

Tusker head coach, Francis Kimanzi blamed the pitch for their loss but was upbeat they will end their poor run that has seen the title evade him for the second season in charge of the 10-times champions.

“We were unlucky. We can’t complain because the surface was not good and it’s something that we cannon train on. We created our chances but we didn’t score.

“It took us time to adjust since we were playing away and the field made it more difficult because it was unfavorable, even you can tell from the nature of the goal they scored. We tried everything but it didn’t work but these winless run will end but we can’t force it,” Kimanzi, a former Harambee Stars head coach, stated after the loss.

Bandari boss, Twahir Muhiddin was a happy man after inching closer to securing the top eight slot as they climbed to seventh on 38 points, same as Tusker who have a better goal difference although they dropped fifth.

“We are happy to break the jinx and I hope it continues like these in the remaining three matches. Our players tried and I feel sorry for my colleague, it’s our day today. My players had self confidence but we have to improve on our defence since Tusker created a lot of chances.”

The first-half belonged to the hosts who dominated the entire proceedings that reduced Tusker to a pale shadow of themselves as they did not have a shot on target compared to Bandari’s four.

Duncan Otewa displayed a man of the match performance with his pin point crosses from the right that could have seen Kasadha bury home but the in-swingers went wastage since the former City Stars forward could not arrive in the box in time.

Muhiddin charges could have gone ahead in the 18th but winger, Noah Wafula came to Tusker’s rescue when he cleared Abdul Latiff Omar’s cross off the line.

James Situma was called to action twice to keep his side alive after Musalia missed to get his hands on the crosses but the former AFC Leopards defender could do nothing at the half hour mark.

Musalia paid for his mistakes when his poorly cleared back-pass was returned by Kasadha from the midfield to see the ball bounce over the Tusker keeper who was rushing back to his goal line, but it was too late as he haplessly watched the ball roll into the net.

The last chance for Bandari came on the stroke of half-time but this time round, Musalia had good anticipation to stop Kimani who was put through by David King’atua.

Musalia tipped over Abdul latiff Omar’s set piece on the resumption as Kimanzi introduced Clifford Alwanga for Emmanuel Ngama on resumption as .

In the 65th, Tusker survived after Musalia seemed to have collected Kimani’s attempt that had crossed the line but the referee waved on.

Bandari keeper, Joseph Okoth denied Humphrey Mieno who had pulled a trigger after finding space outside the box.

Kimanzi withdrew midfielder Brian Osumba for winger, Danson Kago as Muhiddin responded by bringing on Shaban Kenga for King’atua.

Tusker’s surge for equaliser was thwarted as Bandari held on for the win at home.

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