NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 2 – Substitute Benjamin Mosha scored with six minutes left on the clock as Bandari beat defending champions Kariobangi Sharks 3-1 to clinch their second Football Kenya Federation Shield title at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on Sunday morning.
The game was played for the final 45 minutes after it was rained off on Saturday evening, with Bandari leading 2-1 from that first half.
While Sharks pushed hard for an equalizer in the replayed 45 minutes, Bandari sat deep, defended well and broke on the counter and from such, Mosha tapped the ball with his hip after Abdallah Hassan’s cross was deflected into his path.
Bandari who won the title in 2015 for the first time will now represent Kenya in next season’s CAF Confederations Cup and on top of the Sh2mn reward from winning the title, the dockers will be rewarded with a further Sh1mn from their sponsors Kenya Ports Authority.
Further, Bandari will have their pre-season training in South Africa, as also sponsored by their sponsors for winning the title.
In a cagy affair, highly expected because of the dropped tempo from yesterday, chances were few and very far in between. Bandari’s early chance came in the 56th minute when Mwana picked on a poorly defended ball but his volley from the edge of the area went over.
Sharks struggled to create chances and the usually exciting Harrison Mwendwa was kept quiet on the wings. Keeper Faruk Shikalo was not so much troubled as his backline kept the line tight.
After Bandari had scored their third, some sense of urgency crept into the Sharks side and they came close almost immediately but Fred Nkata cleared the ball off the line after Mwendwa’s cross evaded everyone inside the box.
On the other end, Wycliffe Ochomo forced a great save off Gad Mathews after the bulky forward leaned in to head a cross from Abdallah.