Bandari beat Gor Mahia in Super Cup

Gor Mahia went down 1-0 in the 2016 DSTV Super cup match played at Mbaraki sports club. Gor Mahia asserted themselves well in the first half but were left to fight an uphill battle when Harun Shakava was sent off for an unsportsmanlike tackle on Dan Sserunkuma.

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If there is one man Gor Mahia will blame for their unsuccessful attempt to bag their third DSTV Super Cup on the trot, then it has to be Bandari skipper-Wilson Oburu.

The experienced shot stopper saved Bandari blushes in a game of two halves that saw Gor Mahia squander a cache of chances in the first half before Anthony Kimani delivered the punishment that a wasteful Gor Mahia deserved in the 68th minute with a memorable strike.

Enock Agwanda was the first to call Oburu into action as early as the 4th minute capitalizing on a Felly Mulumba error to fire a tame shot towards goal but Oburu was at hand to smoother it with Jacob Keli lurking.

Keli though he had given the Green Army the moment they craved for in the stands five minutes later but his goal was disallowed after Raymond Onyango adjudged him to be offside.

An inch perfect ball over the top form George Blackberry Odhiambo found Agwanda on the right and the youngster beat Mulumba for pace sending in a searching cross that Oburu parried as far as Walusimbi on the edge of the 6 yard box.

With Keli being played onside by Mohammed Shariff, the Kenyan international contrived to  side-foot Walusimbi’s feeble shot into the net. Indeed a contentious decision from Onyango!

The Oburu show was interrupted briefly at the quarter hour mark when Agwanda’s show-boating cost Gor Mahia yet another glorious opportunity to take the lead. Isolated upfront the burly forward took his time to juggle the ball at the edge of the box allowing Mulumba to recover and make a timely intervention.

Bandari—uncharacteristically slow off the blocks at home—made their status as hosts felt soon afterwards with Musa Mudde and Anthony Kimani dictating play with neat passing triangles at the centre of the park.

Gor Mahia looked content to sit back and soak in the pressure but still looked dangerous on the break. It was this tactic that bore the best chance of the half when Collins Okoth found himself on the right end of a great passing manouever only to be denied by the lively Oburu.

Agwanda feinted past Mulumba on the right to deliver a deep cross that Keli headed into Okoth’s path. Under pressure from Shariff Okoth did well to shoot into the bottom left corner but his effort was palmed out to safety by Kagere.

Oburu was not done yet. Another finger tip save saw him keep out Shakava’s header from the resultant corner kick before it landed on the top right corner.

For all their positives, Gor Mahia suffered a major setback just before the breather when Shakava was sent off.

In a completely innocuous situation, Shakava high booted Sserunkuma shortly after Karim Nizigiyimana and the diminutive Ugandan were involved in a moment of retaliation.

It was a bad day in office for the former Gor Mahia man who was struggling to make a telling contribution to the game. Handing his side the numerical advantage turned out to be his last meaningful moment on the pitch as he was replaced by Meshack karani at the hour mark.

With an extra man it was just a matter of when the Dockers would score and the breakthrough arrived in spectacular fashion. Anthony Kimani connected Karani’s delivery from a corner with an angled header that bounced off George Odhiambo’s core into his path.

Presented with a second chance, the creative midfielder showed composure and class to beat Boniface Oluoch with a looping ball that bounced off the inside of the right bar into the net.

The rest of the game in brief: Nuttall introduced Eric Ouma and Ronald Omino for Keli and Agwanda but the Coastal outfit held on comfortably to their slim lead.

The result means Bandari have clinched their maiden DSTV Super Cup in the process ending Gor Mahia’s dominance in the competition that had seen them emerge champions twice in a row- in 2013 and 2015.

DSTV Super cup to be played at Mbaraki

Last year Gor Mahia won the super cup by beating Sofapaka 2-1

The first competitive match of the 2016 season will be the DSTV Super cup match pitting league champions Gor Mahia against GoTV shield winners Bandari FC of Mombasa.  The match is on Saturday at Mbaraki sports club.  This is the match that most pundits had anticipated to be the GoTV final least season, only for Gor Mahia to fall unexpectedly in the semis to Nakumatt.

Bandari were sensational last season. They finished fourth in the league, which is their best standing ever then went on to dispatch Nakumatt in clinical fashion in the GoTV shield final. With the CAF Confederation cup looming, coach Twahir Muhiddin has strengthened his side. In comes former Gor Mahia stalwarts Dan Sserunkuma, fresh from his stint playing in Armenia. Whether he is still as sharp as he was in 2014 is unknown. His stints in Tanzania and Armenia have not been succesful. But coach Frank Nuttall will be well aware of the danger he presents. Another former player Gor Mahia will have to contend with is Edwin Lavatsa. The lanky former Gor Mahia striker has battled injuries that ended his sojourn in the Algerian league. Bandari have also signed Felly Mulumba, Edwin Wafula and Bernard Mangoli from AFC Leopards whom coach Muhiddin is very excited about.

“I am happy to have acquired the services of Bernard Mang’oli, he is an intelligent player who will improve us. He is technically gifted”

Bandari have played three friendlies so far and have been unimpressive. They were in Nairobi and left undefeated after playing three matches. They drew 2-2 with Posta Rangers and 1-1 with Thika United. The coastal boys registered a 1-0 win over Wazito at Ruaraka grounds. But coach Muhiddin is unperturbed.

“We’ve prepared well for the Gor match. After a one-week high altitude training at Ngong, my players are physically fit and ready to face any team in and outside the country,” said Muhiddin to the Nation.

Gor Mahia for their part have played to the level of the competition. They did well to beat Ethiopian giants St George and Sudan giants Al Hilal. But they also lost to Bondo United and were forced to a draw by Western Stima. One would expect Gor Mahia to rise to the occassion against Bandari.
Gor Mahia Vice Chair David Kilo expressed misgivings about the venue.
“It was not a good decision to take the matches to Mombasa, remember both teams have been in Nairobi, training for continental assignments so Nairobi would have been the best place. We tried to raise the same with the organizers but they were adamant the match should be played in Mombasa, they were not ready to hear us,” he said to
Supersport have poured Ksh 3 Million into the match. The winner takes home Ksh 750,000 with the runner up taking Ksh 500,000.

Shades of 1986

The last time these two teams met in a Cup final is likely in 1986. On that occasion, they met in the final of the Moi Golden cup which is equivalent to today’s GoTV shield. Bandari under coach Mohamed Kheri were at the time in the second tier league and had shocked everyone by reaching the cup final. Gor Mahia for their part needed a trophy to salvage their season and qualify for the 1987 Africa cup winners cup.

Bandari with players like Ricky Solomon “Tolle”, Albert Oyoo “Wazimu”, Ali Jeneby, and Charles Okeyo put on a spirited fight. Gor Mahia won 1-0 with a late goal by Hezborn Omollo. This would earn them a ticket to the 1987 Africa cup which they went on to win, thus making history by becoming the first team in the  CECAFA region to win a continental tournament.