Bandari needed a late goal to deny Nakuru All Stars from registering their second win in Kenyan Premier League this season.The dockers grabbed an 82nd minute goal courtesy of Anthony Kimani to silence the visitors in a match played under scorching sun at Mombasa Municipal Stadium on Wednesday.
All Stars had taken a well deserved lead in 19th minute through Peter Mwangi’s well taken shot.
All Stars were the better team in this fixture and Carlson Mweresa should blame himself for not converting the many chances that came his way. Mweresa missed a host of scoring chances and he was heartbroken when Bandari drew level with eight minutes to stoppage time.
All Stars did not look jaded despite going down 5-0 to champions Gor Mahia on Sunday and traveling by road to Mombasa for the fixture. The Peter Okidi coached side took control of the game from onset with Mweresa reacting into a rebound from Hillary Echesa’s blocked shot, but hit it wide.
Five minutes later, Mweresa’s shot was blocked for the first corner of the match and from the resultant corner, Echesa headed wide. Bandari took time to settle and allowed All Stars much space to dictate terms. All Stars then took a deserved lead in 19th minute after Peter Mwangi cut from the left before curling to the top corner with his weaker right foot.
Anthony Kimani should have leveled matters for the home team in 23rd minute but the ball was cleared by defender Balla for a fruitless corner before he took the shot. On resumption, All Stars continued pressing for a second goal and Mweresa had a golden chance but saw his effort saved by Bandari custodian Wilson Obungu. Mweresa then tried from a bicycle kick but his effort was saved again.
All Stars coach was unhappy that they had squandered the chance to beat Bandari. “We were the best team today (Wednesday). We had a host of chances that had we converted…we should have won by a huge margin. All in all it was a deserved point to take home.”