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Mombasa Bandari dethrone Kariobangi Sharks
to represent Kenya in CAF Confederation Cup

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Soccer club Bandari will represent Kenya at the 2020 CAF Confederation Cup after completing a 3-1 victory over holders Karionbangi Sharks in the domestic cup final over two days on Sunday.

Yemi Mwana notched a brace for Bandari and Patillah Omotto hit back for Sharks before the game was called off on Saturday due to a heavy downpour.

When the match was resumed at the same venue on Sunday morning, Benjamin Mosha found the net twice for Bandari in the 10th and 80th minutes.
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Mombasa Bandari dethrone Kariobangi Sharks | Coastweek

  Bandari thus clinched their second ever domestic cup title after their maiden win in 2015, and the first for head coach Bernard Mwalala who took charge of the club in June 2017.
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Bandari Football Club is a leading Kenyan
football club based within Mombasa Port

The team play their home games at the Mbaraki Sports Club and the Mombasa County Stadium (the latter having four times greater seating capacity), and currently compete in the Kenyan Premier League after finishing the 2012 FKF Division One season as champions of Zone A.

The team played from 1960 to 1978 as LASCO Football Club, followed by an eight-year run as Cargo Football Club. In 1985, the club merged with the Kenya Ports Authority team to form Bandari FC.

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The club had played previously in the Kenyan Premier League, but was relegated after the 1997 season.

The team was disbanded in 1999.

It was revived in 2004 and rapidly promoted from lower leagues back to the premier league.

The club reached the final on Kenyan Cup in 1986 but was beaten by Gor Mahia (who qualified for the African Cup Winners’ Cup and won the tournament).
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SPORT UPDATE:

Kenya Sevens team survive end to the World Series Rugby season

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya Sevens team survived a nervy end to the World Series season and retained their core status among the world top teams despite poor organization failure to invest in players’ welfare.

Former head coach Benjamin Ayimba said Sunday that Kenya was on the cusp of relegation before the return of some senior players salvaged the team in the last round in Paris to qualify for their first quarterfinal in the Main Cup.

"Kenya has always had talent," Ayimba said.

"But how you treat these players also matters.

"They need to run the team as a full professional side and pay the players what parallels to their talent.

"We have survived and give the sport a new lease of life, Kenyans deserve better than this."

While Kenya is celebrating their miraculous last minute survival, it was the end of the road for Japan on Sunday after they were stripped off their World Sevens Series core status losing 52-7 to England in the quarters of Paris Sevens Challenge Trophy.

Japan, who denied a place in the Cup quarters on Saturday by a late Scotland penalty, needed to contest all eight points on offer in the challenge trophy on Sunday and hope that Wales fell by the way side to survive.

Heading to France, Kenya sat 14th in the standing with 27 points, just two ahead of 15th place Japan who occupied the final relegation spot.

With South Africa finishing fourth and sealing the final automatic slot for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games together with USA, Fiji and New Zealand, Kenya will have easy ride in the Africa qualifiers next year.

South Africa will skip the continental qualifiers for the Tokyo Games leaving it out for Kenya to face Uganda, Nigeria, Namibia, Tunisia, Morocco, and Ghana. Only one slot will be up for grabs.
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