FKF Cup defending Champions Bandari will now have all to play for in the second leg of their CAF Confederations Cup first-round tie against Tunisian side US Ben Guerdane; this after the Dockers secured a 2-0 advantage in the first leg played on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at the MISC Kasarani.
Two headed goals by Yema Mwana and Abdallah Hassan were all Bandari needed to secure the crucial first-leg advantage, which now puts them in prime position for a place in the playoff round of the continent’s second-tier club competition.
“I had prepared the boys to put in a good performance. I couldn’t have predicted the win but I was confident that they will play a good game, and I must congratulate my players for that,” said coach Bernard Mwalala in his post-match comments.
“We still have a lot of work to do. They are technically a very good side, so the tie is far from won,” he added.
Bandari had a lukewarm start to the match, with the first half devoid of goal scoring opportunities. This changed in the second half, with a wave of constant attacks paying off in the 73rd minute when Yema Mwana nodded in a corner kick from close range.
Abdallah Hassan then got the Dockers’ second only five minutes from yet another header, a lead they resolutely held onto until the final whistle.
The Mombasa based side will be looking forward to completing the job on September 27, 2019, when they travel to Tunisia for the second leg.