Kariobangi Sharks suffered their ninth defeat of the season at the hands of a a flying Bandari FC in a tense affair at Kasarni Annex as Matchday 31 unfolded courtesy of a 0-2 scoreline.
Head Coach William Muluya made 3 changes from the team that lost to Vihiga Bullets on 8th May. John Omondi, Douglas Mokaya and Keith Imbali started ahead of Frederick Alushula, Fortune Omoto and Isaac Wasambo as Samuel Olwande was named on the bench.
Bandari settled first into the game as Abdallah Hassan broke loose on the right channel in the 12th minute and found space to whip in a cross which was well met by William Wadri but John Otieno had none none of that. Sharks begun to feel Abdallah’s torment more resulting to Geoffrey Onyango fouling him in the 18th minute, an incident that marked the latter’s name in Mr.Peter Waweru’s book
The afternoons’ man of the moment, Abdallah Hassan was in the limelight in the 34th minute, this time flipping the scoreboard pouncing off an Andrew Juma clearance looping the ball over Alphonce Omija and beating an oncoming John Otieno who had come all the way off his line for an easy finish to put Bandari ahead.
9 minutes later Bandari doubled their lead through Brian Odera who started the move dispossessing Erick Mata midway through, a waiting William Wadri twisted and turned releasing the former down the right, The burly central defender dribbled his way to the box, angled himself for a a shot and unleashed a cracker leaving no chance for John Otieno.
The first change came at the interval with Douglas Mokaya and Keith Imbali paving way for Issa Lumumba and Steve Otieno. The latter sprung into action in the 50th minute latching onto an Atariza Amai header to tee up Erick Mata for tap in but his late arrival let him down as his effort flew over the bar.
The 53rd minute saw another set of fresh legs being introduced with both wingbacks, John Omondi and Geoffrey Onyango exiting the fray for Frederick Alushula and Fortune Omoto. Alushula barely lasted a minute on before being booked for stamping Abdallah Hassan.
Tempers rose high in the 62nd minute when Steve Otieno clattered into Abdallah Hassan who was flying goalward, an incident that earned him an early shower.
The defeat leaves Sharks stuck at sixth with 3 games left to play.
The Sharks will be away to FC Talanta on Sunday, 29th May at 3:00 pm.