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Kimani spares Bandari’s blushes

Bandari players (in Blue) welcome Thika United to Mbaraki Stadium in a previous KPL match. The Dockers were forced to a 1-1 draw by All Stars Wednesday.

NAIROBI, May 20 – Midfielder Anthony Kimani struck late to once again rescue hosts Bandari in their 1-1 draw with struggling Nakuru All Stars in a mid-week Kenyan Premier League clash played at Mombasa’s Mbaraki’s Stadium on Wednesday.

Kimani crushed All Stars hopes of ending their seven-match unbeaten run when he found the back of the net in the 82nd minute to cancel Peter Mwangi’s early goal.

The outcome piled more misery on Bandari head coach, Twahir Muhiddin who stretched his run to five successive matches without victory as the Dockers remained rooted 10th on 15 points after 12 rounds.

All Stars who were looking to bounce back from 5-0 demolition by champions Gor Mahia failed to hold on the lead despite giving the Dockers a run for their money to collect their first point of the season and trail the log on four points.

After the goal opener in the 17th, Hillary Echesa set up David Seda a through pass at the half hour mark but the latter was too slow to react, to enable keeper Wilson Obungu come off his line to clear the danger.

The hosts took control in a bid to search the equaliser but neither Shaban Kenga nor Lawrence Kasadha could find the target as they trailed the visitors at the break.

There was less action in the second half with All Stars resulting to sit back and defend the lead, only to be punished against the run of play from Kimani who shoot from outside the box to help the host salvage a point.

Kimani was also on target against Chemelil Sugar to salvage another 1-1 stalemate last Sunday.