BY STEVE AYOO
Kenya’s domestic cup champions Bandari FC have been knocked out of the Cecafa Kagame Cup without winning a match.
The Dockers, making their debut in the tournament, had drawn their opening two games which left them needing victory over two-peat champions Azam FC in their final Group D game, Friday, at Hure Stadium, Butare.
However, Bernard Mwalala’s men registered a third successive stalemate to miss out on a quarterfinal berth.
They made their debut in the competition with a 1-1 draw against Ugandan champions KCCA, before being held to a 2-2 draw by Rwandan side Mukura Victory Sports.
Azam and KCCA are guaranteed a last 8 slot while Bandari will be traveling back home to up preparations for the first leg of their Caf Confederations Cup preliminary round match against a yet to be decided opponent.
The first leg is set for 9–11 August with the return leg a fortnight later.
Bandari’s elimination leaves Gor Mahia to represent Kenya’s interests. Kogalo advanced to the quarters with a game to spare after two wins from two in Group D.
The 2015 losing finalists opened their campaign with a 2-1 win over Congo’s AS Maniema, before taking down Djibouti’s As Port 2-0 in a match that new signing Dennis Oalo netted.
They will finish their group interests against Zanzibar’s Kikosi Maalum Cha Kuzuia Magendo (KMKM).