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Bandari Plot To Flus Out St. Eloi Lupopo

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.

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