South African rally driver, Geoff Bell is among
the foreigners enlisted for the African Rally Champion-ship
Safari Rally slates for Nakuru, Nairobi and Naivasha on March
FC kicked off their 2017 Sportpesa Premier League season
on a higher note edging out newly promoted Nakumatt FC by
a solitary goal in a highly contested tie staged at
Mbaraki Sports Club on Saturday 11th March
attacker Enock Agwanda, formerly of Gor Mahia FC scored
the match winner in the 40th minute by
finishing with a header a carefully weighted through-
ball from another new signing Michael Luvusti, former
Thika United anchorman.
Nakumatt goalkeeper Sammy Okinda watched helplessly as the
ball got into an empty net giving the Paul Nkata led team
their deserved 1-0 lead.
goal proved to be costly as Agwanda unfortunately collided
with the Nakumatt FC goalie. The injury left the goal
scorer on the sidelines receiving lengthy treatment and he
was eventually replaced by Dan Sserenkuma.
had few chances in the opening minutes soaking the soaring
heat and the high coastal humidity with Peter Nzuki
threading prodding passes but Bandari FC dependable center
back Felly Mulumba and the midfield duo - consisting of
debutant and former Bandari FC Under 20 Anthony Wambani
and veteran Musa Mudde stood keeping the Shopkeepers at
Anthony Wambani was on call again in 23rd
minute when he fired an exquisite shot that was parried
off by Nakumatt FC custodian Sammy Okinda after Uganda
Cranes Under23 Fred Nkata delivered a beautiful cross on
the left flank.
Bandari’s Felly Mulumba (in blue) attempts to head past
Nakumatt FC custodian Sammy Okinda (left).
Nakumatt huffed and
puffed as the game progressed while Bandari FC kept the ball
denying the visitors any meaningful attempt on goal.
On resumption from
the half time break, Nakumatt FC pilled pressure in their quest
to level the score with Robert Omunuk curling in a lovely cross
in the 57th minute finding Ronald Musana who
connected with a weak shot only to send the ball inches wide.
Dockers Head Coach
Paul Nkata threw his towel bringing in Michael Apudo for Fred
Nkata prompting his counterpart to respond in kind introducing
Boniface Akenga for Robert Omunuk on the 59th minute.
In the 65th
minute Bandari FC suffered a huge blow when their dependable
center back Andrew Waiswa suffered an injury that resulted to
another substitution bringing in Shariff Mohammed before Dan
Sserenkuma’s header went over the bar after he connected well
with former Sofapaka utility player - Noah Abich’s teasing
Apudo missed the chance to extend Bandari FC’s lead hitting the
cross bar on the 86th minute when Dan Sserenkuma
delivered an enticing through-ball only for the battle-tank
Apudo to fluff his chance.
Nakumatt FC smarting
from the grueling heat resorted to damage control as Bandari’s
resolute defense denied them any chance of a comeback.
Coach Paul Nkata
said he was happy with the result but also issued a caveat that
his team was better than what was displayed due to factors which
he said were fixable.
Bandari FC players before the match against Nakumatt FC at
the Mbaraki Sports Club home ground.