BY STEVE AYOO
Zoo Kericho and Vihiga United, two clubs fighting tooth and nail to keep their topflight statuses, were both dealt with blows in their Kenyan Premier League round 31 matches.
Zoo traveled to a tricky Mbaraki Sports Club hoping to extend their recent resurgence that had seen them collect 8 points out of a possible 12.
They were up against it however as their hosts, Bandari, had lost only once at home this season.
That this tie ended in a routine 3-0 win for Bandari didn’t surprise.
Abdallah Hassan netted the opener after 13 minutes with the other two goals coming in the final 20 minutes.
William Wadri made it 2-0 after 70 minutes with Shaban Kenga sealing the win with five minutes to the end.
Victory consolidated Bandari’s second place on the log, while also delaying leaders Gor Mahia’s title celebrations despite the defending champions winning the 91st Mashemeji Derby.
Zoo meanwhile remain in trouble zone as they are two points adrift of totally safety.
Breathing down Zoo’s neck are Vihiga who lost 1-2 at home against Tusker FC. David Majak’s 3rd minute opener was added onto by Boniface Muchiri after 28 minutes.
Amos Kigadi halved the deficit with a 76th minute penalty but the Brewers held on for the full points, leaving Vihiga rooted second from bottom.
In other matches, Mathare United shared a barren draw with Western Stima, and so did Ulinzi Stars at Chemelil Sugar.