Bandari End Gor SPL Unbeaten Run In Scorching Mombasa

Aug 07 - by Mutwiri Mutuota for sportpesa news

Leaders succumb to 1-2 defeat that offers a glimmer of hope for chasing pack

Bandari FC line-up for a previous match. PHOTO/File

  • Dylan Kerr’s side followed up their 2-2 draw on Saturday with their first reverse in the top flight this season 
  • Dan Guya and Yema Mwana struck in the first half with top scorer Jacques Tuyisenge netting in the last 10 minutes to set a grand stand finish
  • Gor (56) saw their lead at the top trimmed to 11 points with Bandari (45) jumping above Sofapaka (43) to second
  • The home side were reduced to 10 men after Fred Nkata received his marching orders for a second yellow

MOMBASA, Kenya- The domestic unbeaten run of SportPesa Premier League (SPL) champions Gor Mahia FC ended on Tuesday afternoon after they went down 1-2 to 10-man Bandari FC at the Mbaraki Stadium in Mombasa.

Dylan Kerr’s side followed up their 2-2 draw on Saturday with their first reverse in the top flight this season via first half goals from Dan Guya and Yema Mwana with Gor top scorer, Jacques Tuyisenge, netting in the last 10 minutes to set a grand stand finish.

Gor (56) saw their lead at the top trimmed to 11 points with Bandari (45) jumping above Sofapaka (43) to second. AFC Leopards SC (42) and Ulinzi Stars FC (38) seal the top-five.

K’Ogalo who are chasing a record-stretching 17th domestic crown, still have three games in hand over the dockers but the result is bound to offer the chasing pack a glimmer of hope they can reel in the leaders in the SPL title run in.

Kerr, who suffered his only second SPL defeat since taking charge at the champions in July last year after the 0-1 loss to Mathare United FC last October, fielded his best side at the tricky visit to the charging Bandari who have turned Mbaraki into a fortress.

However, his side that is pursuing the SPL, SportPesa Shield Cup and CAF Confederations Cup treble found themselves a goal down after only 12 minutes when Guya notched the opener in an entertaining, fast-paced encounter.

Nkata red

The upset on a scorching afternoon at the coastal city was well and truly on the cards in the 36th when Mwana put the dockers 2-0 up to stun Gor who were yet to arrive at the party.

However, Gor have won thrice this season after conceding twice, 4-2 against Zoo Kericho FC, 5-2 versus Thika United FC and their 3-2 win over Kakamega Homeboyz FC and the recovery was not beyond the most feared team in the land.

A Francis Kahata free-kick from a dangerous position was repelled by the Bandari wall as the champions pressed their foot down the accelerator upon resumption before Tuyisenge offered them a chance to leave Mombasa with a result when he halved the deficit with 10 minutes to go.

The tension at the baking stadium reached boiling point when the home side were reduced to 10 men two minutes later after Fred Nkata received his marching orders for a second yellow.

Dockers boss, Bernard Mwalala formerly of SPL side Nzoia Sugar FC, immediately brought on cover at the back by summoning Siraj Mohammed from the bench.

Gor laid siege at the Bandari goal but the hosts held on for the result that will reverberate through the country and call into question the ability of the champions to maintain a grip on the treble with the toll from a punishing fixture schedule that has brought them a marathon 10 games in August beginning to show.