Kenya flag bearers in the CAF Confederation Cup Bandari face an arduous task on Sunday when they take on St.Eloi Lupopo from DRC Congo at the Nyayo National Stadium. A delegation of 30 persons including 18 players, two Congolese Federation representatives and four staff members among others touched down at the JKIAirport on Saturday evening ahead of the sunday clash.
The Congolese Premier League side overcame Bandari who are the 2015 Shield Tournament champions away in Lumbubashi by a 2-0 margin .The return leg tie is expected to be a do-or-die encounter for the Dockers in search of at least three goals to advance.
The visitors, according to the Football Kenya Federation(FKF) communiqué have been booked at the Panari Hotel. Match tickets will go on sale on match day at the Nyayo Stadium costing Ksh 500 for VIP and Ksh 200 for those wishing to watch from the terraces.
Bandari preparations has been less than ideal. They have played against Gor Mahia in the DSTv cup final at Mbaraki and another 2-2 draw with Nairobi City Stars last week in a Sportpesa Premier League mid-week clash.
Bandari technical Director Edward Odour said “We would have preferred we were engaged in more competitive action ahead of the match but nevertheless we have tried our best to make sure that our players are ready for Sunday’s clash.”
Bandari, though will come with several of their fans, will count on Gor Mahia and Nairobi fans for the back up support. Odour expressed confidence Bandari can still go through to the next
round as long as their strikers utilize their chances.
‘We played well in Lubumbashi but we lost our pace in the dying minutes. We had several defensive lapses that caused us dearly but that is now behind our back. We shall go for goals on Sunday” noted Odour.
Bandari can be described as the latest Kenya ‘Leicester team’ afterrecruiting experienced played led by former AFC leopards duo of Bernard Mangoli, and Edwin Wafula along with Felly Mulumba from Sofapaka and speedy Dan Sserunkuma.
Other key players for Bandari include Anthony “Muki” Kimani, Duncan Otewa, David Gateri, Humphrey Okoti, Shaban Kenga, David King’atua and Musa Mude. Should Bandari utilise their chances effectively,they can still qualify to the next round.