Bandari are the 2015 GOtv Shield champions after overpowering Nakumatt FC 4-2 in the final played at Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday.Bandari heroes were Anthony “Muki” Kimani, Masoud Juma, Musa Mudde and George Abege who were all on target in the first half as Bandari claimed their first piece of silverware in the club’s history.
Second half substitute Martin Imbalambala and midfielder Tyrone Owino scored for Nakumatt’ in the 84th and 90th minutes respectively to give the final score a bit of respectability.Bandari will now face Congolese club St. Eloi Lupopo in the opening match of the 2016 Caf Confederations Cup.The third place play offs that were to be played at the same venue prior to the finals failed to take place as Gor Mahia failed to turn up at the venue. The playing unit did not show up as they are protesting non-payment of their salaries and allowances for the last three months.
The dockers’ first goal was a penalty awarded in the 10th minute after former Gor Mahia player Donald Mosoti brought down midfielder David King’atua inside the box.Kimani then stepped forward and converted the resultant penalty by sending goalkeeper Wycliffe Kasaya the wrong way. Musa Mudde then doubled the score 10 minutes later with a brilliant bicycle kick from just outside of the goal mouth which caught Kasaya on the flat foot.The coastal side were celebrating again two minutes later when George Abege sliced through Nakumatt’s flimsy defence before unleashing a ferocious shot from the edge of the box.
Coach Twahir Muhiddin made an early substitution in the 35th minute bringing on Masoud Juma for Mohammed Farid and Juma scored a lovely goal just eight minutes after his introduction.Juma, who had just returned from a seven-month injury layoff, smashed the ball past Kasaya to gift his team a comfortable 4-0 lead going into the half time break.The heavens opened at Nyayo immediately after the halftime break and both teams struggled to hold up in the conditions.