Homeboyz Thrash SportPesa Cup Finalists Bandari, Leopards Fall

Jan 30 - by Erick Ochieng for SportPesa News

Player-coach Allan Wanga notches a brace in Dockers rout, Zoo edge Leopards in SPL midweek action

Bandari FC line-up against Simba SC in the semi finals of the 2019 SportPesa Cup in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania on Friday, January 25, 2018 at the National Main Stadium in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. PHOTO/SPN

  • Wanga, who also scored twice in last year's edition of the eight team invitational tournament, converted a 26th minute penalty before sealing his double in the 65th as the homeside ran riot to hand visiting Bandari a first SportPesa Premier League (SPL) loss of the season
  • Elsewhere, former Gor Mahia FC striker Kevin Omondi proved to be the match winner against their eternal rivals when he scored the decisive goal for Zoo in the 85th
  • Nkata soon left the Brewers to set up shop in Bandari the following season but he was soon on his way after failing to match their ambitions

KAKAMEGA, Kenya- Losing SportPesa Cup finalists Bandari FC had a nightmare return to domestic duty on Wednesday afternoon when player-coach Allan Wanga's double inspired a 4-0 rout of the Dockers as Zoo Kericho welcomed AFC Leopards SC back from their tour of Tanzania with a 1-0 defeat.

Wanga, who also scored twice in last year's edition of the eight team invitational tournament, converted a 26th minute penalty before sealing his double in the 65th as the homeside ran riot to hand visiting Bandari a first SportPesa Premier League (SPL) loss of the season.

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Luke Namanda and Maxwell Navel late on added the other goals in the first game in charge under the seasoned forward who was hired on interim basis to replace the departed Uganda head coach, Paul Nkata.

Elsewhere, former Gor Mahia FC striker Kevin Omondi proved to be the match winner against their eternal rivals when he scored the decisive goal for Zoo in the 85th.

Leopards are hovering above the danger zone in 12th as the victor’s lifted themselves off the relegation places to land a place adrift on 10.

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Homeboyz moved to 10th with 12 points after three wins, three draws and four losses while Bandari remained in second with 18 after five wins, three draws and one loss but slipped to six points behind log leaders Mathare United FC who settled for a barren stalemate against SP Cup holders Kariobangi Sharks FC in Nairobi.

Zoo’s victory at the Kericho Green Stadium moved them  from the relegation zone to 14th with 10 while Leopards dipped to ninth after the loss.

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Leopards once again failed to progress past the quarterfinals of the SP Cup in Dar when they fell 1-2 to Tanzania Premier League titleholders, Simba SC at the National Main Stadium in Dar last Wednesday (January 23).

Wanga was put in temporary charge of the Kakamega side who played in last year's knockout tournament on Tuesday after club chairman, Cleophas Shimanyula, confirmed they had parted ways with the Ugandan who led Tusker FC to the SPL crown in 2016.

Nkata soon left the Brewers to set up shop in Bandari the following season but he was soon on his way after failing to match their ambitions.

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