Bandari 2-1 KCB: The Dockers hand coach Muhiddin first victory
The win also means the Coastal-based side have maintained their dominance over the Bankers in this particular fixture
William Wadri and Yema Mwana scored the two goals that gave Bandari three points which have proved elusive since coach Bernard Mwalala resigned and Muhiddin took charge on an interim basis.
KCB pulled back from Reagan Otieno’s late effort.
Bandari were unable to break the deadlock in the 10th minute after a good run from deep in midfield as Shaban Kenga shot wide after receiving a low pass from Mohammed Siraj.
KCB denied Bandari an opener in the 18th minute when the hosts won a free-kick which was delivered by Siraj. The Bankers crowded their penalty area and blocked Siraj’s attempt on goal but the ball landed on Wadri’s path and the Ugandan saw his shot cleared away from danger by the visitors.
KCB who camped at their own half for the better part of the last quarter of the first half managed to block Bandari’s chances in the 30th and 33rd minutes. In the first instance, Kenga dispossessed Dennis Odhiambo but was blocked as he tried to make his way into the box.
Dennis Chetambe’s thunderbolt slid inches wide from the right-hand post in the second attempt of Bandari’s search for an opener.
Bandari finally got a hard-fought goal two minutes after the second half had started through a penalty. Odhiambo brought down Cliff Kasuti, Wadri rose to take the penalty and sent Gabriel Andika the wrong way as he planted the ball into the net.
Bandari, who have been searching for a win under their caretaker coach Muhiddin since January, added the second goal in the 75th minute. Mwana Yema beat KCB defenders and their goalkeeper equally to slot home and stretch their lead.
KCB scored a goal in the 88th minute through Otieno but it was not able to deny the FKF Shield Cup reigning champions a win at home.
In the last six matches, The Dockers have won five times while KCB have picked just a win.
Bandari XI: Justin Ndikumana, Dan Otewa, Mohamed Siraj, Bernard Otieno, Collins Agade, Shaban Kenga, Danson Namasakha, William Wadri, Cliff Kasuti, Hassan Mwinyi,
Subs: Michael Wanyika, Moses Mudavadi, Idah Sosthenes, Wilberforce Lugogo, Dan Guya, Yema Mwana, Swaleh Chacha.
KCB XI: Gabriel Andika, Baraka Badi, Mike Kibwage, Bethwel Warambo, Dennis Odhiambo, Antonio Abwao, Thomas Harun, Michael Mutinda, Reagan Otieno, Samuel Mwangi, Victor Omune.
Subs: Joseph Okoth, Pascal Ogweno, Esiye, Simon Munala, Victor Omondi, Stephen Waruru.