NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 9 – National Division One side Equity Bank has dumped Premier League side Bandari FC out of the Football Kenya Federation Betway Cup after beating them 1-0 at the Ruaraka Complex.
Sande Katumba scored the lone goal for Equity in the 57th minute with Bandari being guilty of many missed chances.
Coach John Baraza who has won the title as a player with Sofapaka and saw them to two finals as a coach was elated with the result.
“When we progressed into the quarter finals, I told them that we are no longer boys in this Cup but we are men. Today we showed that we are men and they played like Lions. They matched a Premier League side and that shows that we are a good team as well,” Baraza said.
Equity made the most of their chances, and the best they had, for that matter. Twelve minutes after the restart, a seemingly harmless cross from the right was spilled by keeper Justin Ndikumana and a racing Katumba raced to tap the ball home.
Bandari were pinned and punished for wasting many scoring opportunities.
After conceding, they literally camped in Equity’s half but they could not get the much needed goal to get themselves back into the match.
Despite having a small frame for a goalkeeper, Equity keeper Timothy Ngugi kept his side in the game. He made two great saves to deny William Wadri’s freekicks, picking both from the top corners.
Ngugi also made a good full stretched save to deny Abdallah Hassan who took a shot from range with three minutes of play left.