Visiting Bandari has defeats Tusker 1-0 at Ruaraka to close the gap between them and Gor Mahia to eleven points.
A 3rd-minute corner for Bandari yielded the first goal for the match when Yema Mwana headed in powerfully from a Darius Msagha’s delivery.
Justin Omari and Gateri launched what looked like a promising attack right from midfield as Tusker upped the tempo. Faroukh Shikhalo, the goalkeeper with the cleanest sheets in the league, read the intentions by Tusker’s midfielders and eventually stopped them eventually with a fine save.
Patrick Matasi was warned in the 10th minute when he engaged in a rant with the referee following a decision he did not agree to. Tusker saw their goal in the 13th minute ruled for offside. Faraj Ominde was the culprit as his goal was wiped out.
Timothy Odhiambo was cleverly stopped by Felly Mulumba after the home side engineered yet another onslaught driven once more by Gateri who left Hassan Abdalla and Nicholas Meja in the dust before finding the former Gor Mahia forward. Mulumba went down injured due to the challenge by Gateri but was permitted to continue with the match after a minute’s medical attention.
A lively Bandari was up again finding spaces between Tusker’s wide areas, this time Wilberforce Lugogo, Mohamed Siraj and Dan Guya dominating proceedings. A Lugogo shot in the 37th minute hit Lloyd Wahome with the ball bouncing back into the midfield.
William Wadri was unfortunate to see his shot hit the pots after dilly-dallying past Hashim Sempala, Wahome, and Omary in the 47th minute. Matasi recovered to collect the rebounding ball and saved Tusker from Wadri and Bandari who looked unrelenting.
Mwalala was forced to make a change when Bernard Odhiambo got injured in the 72nd minute. Abdalla Hamisi was brought in with goalscorer Yema surrendering his position to Joshua Oyoo.
Brian Osumba had his shot flew wide in the third minute of added time with signs all looking the score going in favor of the Dockers. This is the fourth straight win for Bandari and Mwalala and they are now eleven points shy of league leaders Gor Mahia whom they inflicted a maiden season defeat.