Bandari Breeze Past Chemelil, Piling Pressure On Second-Place Sofapaka

May 14 - by Louis Kalinga for SportPesa News

The dockers who were coming off a resounding 6-1 victory over coastal counterparts SS Assad FC in the SportPesa Shield semifinals, made light work of the sugar millers at the Mbaraki Stadium

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  • Bandari FC extended their SportPesa Premier League (SPL) unbeaten run to four matches with a comfortable 3-1 win against Chemelil Sugar FC on Tuesday afternoon
  • The humiliation of Assad put Bandari through to the finals of the Shield tournament, a repeat SportPesa Cup final where they lost 1-0 to eventual winners Kariobangi Sharks FC
  • The result leaves Bandari in third place with 56 points, one less than second-place Sofapaka but Bernard Mwalala’s side have played a game less than Batoto Ba Mungu

MOMBASA, Kenya- Bandari FC extended their SportPesa Premier League (SPL) unbeaten run to four matches with a comfortable 3-1 win against Chemelil Sugar FC on Tuesday afternoon.

The dockers who were coming off a resounding 6-1 victory over coastal counterparts SS Assad FC in the SportPesa Shield semifinals, made light work of the sugar millers at the Mbaraki Stadium.

The humiliation of Assad put Bandari through to the finals of the Shield tournament, a repeat SportPesa Cup final where they lost 1-0 to eventual winners Kariobangi Sharks FC.

The result leaves Bandari in third place with 56 points, one less than second-place Sofapaka but Bernard Mwalala’s side have played a game less than Batoto Ba Mungu.

Chemelil on the other hand remain in 15th place with 29 points, four above the relegation zone with as many games left for them to play.

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The sugar millers went ahead in the eighth minute after converting a penalty but Congolese striker Yema Mwama responded ten minutes later with a well taken effort to restore parity.

Bandari were also awarded a penalty in the 33rd minute and David King’atua made no mistake from the spot to give them the lead for the first time in the game.

Speedy winger Abdallah Hassan, who was named in the Harambee Stars provisional squad for the CHAN Championships by head coach Sebastian Migne, came off in the 4oth after suffering a hamstring injury and was replaced by Moses Mudavadi.

Bandari continued to dominate proceedings in the second half, with both King’atua and Shaban Kenga forcing good saves from the Chemelil goalkeeper.

Mwama got his second of the day in the 70th minute with a well-taken effort as he rounded the keeper to pass it into the net for a 3-1 score.

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Bandari will rest for two days before taking on 2016 SPL champions Tusker FC on Thursday at the same venue.

Chemelil hit the long road back to their home where they will take on Ulinzi Stars FC on Sunday, May 19.