BY STEVE AYOO
Bandari FC finished runners up in the Kenyan Premier League for a second season running after a barren home draw against Sofapaka, the only side who could’ve have prevented the Dockers from repeating last seasons fete.
The duo, left to feed on scraps by champions Gor Mahia, met at Bandari’s Mbaraki Stadium with the hosts needing just a point to wrap up the runners up spot.
And a point they got despite Sofapaka playing almost the entire second half with a man less after keeper Justin Ndikumana was sent off for a foul on Shaban Kenga just two minutes into the second interval.
With the final round of matches due this midweek, Bandari’s current tally of 63 points is one better than their total last season. They will be away to head coach Bernard Mwalala’s former side Nzoia Sugar while Sofapaka, 5th last season but almost guaranteed 3rd this campaign, will host Kakamega Homeboyz.
Meanwhile, Tusker FC collected their third win in four league meetings against AFC Leopards following a 2-0 victory in Machakos.
David Majak’s 6th goal in the yellow and black, a deft back-heeled finish gave Tusker a 13th minute lead in what was the aerially blessed South Sudanese’s third goal in as many matches. Boniface Muchiri made it 2-0 after 27 minutes with his 11th goal for the Brewers who avenged a 2-1 first leg defeat.
The Brewers remain with an outside chance to finish in the top four ahead of the season finale next weekend where they will host Posta Rangers.
Leopards’ best finish should they win at Western Stima on final day will be 8th.
In other matches, Vihiga United were relegated after losing 2-1 to Western Stima.
KCB FC drew 2-2 with Ulinzi Stars with Crispinus Onyango giving the Bankers the lead which was canceled by golden boot hunter Enosh Ochieng’. Churchill Muloma gave Ulinzi the lead with a worldie strike five minutes to the break but Onyango ensured parity in stoppage time.
Kariobangi Sharks scored thrice after the break in a 3-0 win over Mount Kenya as Zoo FC beat Kakamega Homeboyz 3-2 in Kericho.