Mathare United 0-1 Bandari

Kenyan Premier League
Friday, May 5, 2017

Mathare United's poor record at home continued after they lost by a solitary goal to Bandari in a Round 9 league match played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Anthony Wambani scored the lone goal of the tie in the 32nd minute after capitalizing on a defensive blunder from the Slum Boys.

A slow burner encounter came to life at the half hour mark when Derrick Onyango's first time volley missed the target narrowly to break the monotony of equal shares of possession for both sides in the early exchanges.

Wambani gift 

Two minutes later, Bandari grabbed the lead through Wambani who was impressive at the middle of the park all afternoon. Wilson Oburu released Jacob Keli down the right with a brilliant drop kick that was well controlled by the Kenyan international under pressure from Andrew Juma. However Juma lost his footing due to the slippery surface gifting Keli an opportunity to square the ball into the path of Wambani who calmly slotted into an empty net with Opiyo off his line trying to cover Juma.

Lack of proper communication between Opiyo and his back four almost handed Bandari another cheap goal when he came off his line to foul Lennox Ogutu with Keli lurking. Again Keli laid the ball towards Wilberforce Lugogo but the youngster took an age to shoot allowing Juma to block his effort.

Tactical changes

Salim Ali turned to his bench for attacking inspiration shortly after the break introducing David Owino and Tyson Otieno for Moses Mburu and Abubakar Keya respectively. The substitutions bore fruit moments later after Otieno was hacked down just outside the box by Andrew Waiswa. However Mwaura sent his effort over the from the resultant freekick.


At the hour mark, Cliff Nyakeya found himself on the end of a lovely passing move but he was booked for diving after going down easily from Shariff Mohammed's nudge.

A series of missed chances characterised the closing stages of the match despite Mathare United pinning Bandari into their own half.

The result marks Bandari's first win on the road this season while the Slum Boys have now only won once in four home matches. Mathare United is now ranked 14th on the log pending other Round 9 results.