Gor Mahia’s unbeaten run in the 2018 Kenyan Premier League season has been brought to a grinding halt by Bandari FC.
The reigning champions made the trip down coast with a 22-game unbeaten run proudly hanging on their necks, but left with a crushing 2-1 defeat burdening their shoulders.
Two first half goals from Dan Guya and Yema Mwana were enough to dismiss the champions who pulled one back late on through Jacques Tuyisenge.
Bandari took an early lead as Guya headed a cross from a corner past Shaban Odhoji inside 12 minutes. The keeper would be beaten again in the 36th minute through Guya.
Both the goalscorers would be stretchered off with injury as the game progressed.
Bandari were reduced to 10 men when fullback Fred Nkata received a second yellow with 5 minutes to play as Kogalo piled on the pressure.
The Dockers defence, the meanest in the league, would not fold though and they hang on for a famous victory despite Tuyisenge’s goal which came with 13 minutes to play, and five minutes being added at the end.
Gor Mahia’s last defeat in the league stretches back to October 14, 2017 (some 28 matches ago) when they lost 1-0 to Mathare United courtesy of a solitary goal from Kogalo’s long-term target Cliff Nyakeya.
The victory is a further testimony to the fine work that new boss Bernard Mwalala is doing at the Coastal club. They have now won their last three matches, an unprecedented fete for the club who must look back to year 2015 when they stringed more than two wins on the bounce (they won four times on the trot).
Effect on standings
Victory here at the Mbaraki Sports Club takes them to second spot with 45 points, two ahead of Sofapaka who have played a game less.
Kogalo, held 2-2 by Nakumatt last weekend despite taking the lead twice, are still head and shoulders above the chasing pack with 56 points and three games in hand over the Dockers.
Next up for Bandari is a trip to Nairobi for a game against Tusker while Kogalo travel to Narok this Friday to battle Sofapaka.
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By Steve Ayoo (@Steifmaster88)