Bandari coach Andre Mbungo hailed his players for their fighting spirit despite playing a man less for more than 50 minutes to win their FKF Premier League match against Kakamega Homeboyz on Saturday.
“It was my second match since I took over Bandari and I can confidently say there was a lot of amount of fighting spirit in the entire match,” said Mbungo in a post-match interview after guiding the dockers to a 4-3 win over the visiting Kakamega boys.
“A player down for over 50 minutes and still complete the match with a decent win clearly showed the fighting spirit was impressive,” said the tactician.
Ugandan import William Wardi was given a straight red card in the 40th minute, but not before he scored the second goal for Bandari after Hassan Abdallah had given the winners the opening goal for a 2-0 lead.
Former Bandari player Moses Mudavadi returned to torment the dockers with two quick goals to level the score at 2-2. Yema Mwana added the third goal for Bandari to take a 3-2 lead at half time.
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Abdallah completed his brace for a 4-2 lead before Estone Asiye reduced the gap in the 86th minute, but the goal was not enough to share the spoils with the hosts.
Coach Mbungo said he had a lot of positives to take from the match. “We must maintain our speed as we head to our next four crucial matches,” said the coach. Bandari travel to Nairobi to face Mathare United before returning to Mombasa to host champions Gor Mahia and later play Kariobangi Sharks and AFC Leopards. Since the start of the season, Bandari has been dogged by a series of injuries, to Shaban Kenga being ruled out for four months.