Bandari FC beat nine-man Sony Sugar by a solitary goal to move to sixth place on Kenyan Premier League table.
The sugar millers suffered a blow on home soil when they lost two players to red cards before succumbing to Barron Oketch’s solitary goal that helped Bandari recover from their last league defeat - 1-0 against AFC Leopards.
Danger man, Cosmas Juma was the first to test Sony Sugar’s goalkeeper with a powerful strike in the 4th minute, but his effort missed the target by a few inches as Bandari increased pressure behind the ball.
Bandari made another dangerous attack, when Hassan Abdalla crossed the ball right in the heart of Sony’s box, with Samuel Ogare’s resultant clearance landing in space for Andrew Waiswa, who unleashed a screamer that went begging. Sony were reduced to 10 men after Abdallah Hamisi picked a staright red card after a poor challenge.
Coach Paul Nkata would later withdraw Juma for Oketch, who made immediate impact when he beat Sony Sugar defenders, before releasing Waiswa, but his effort went straight at the keeper. Oketch’s introduction gave Sony Sugar problems, forcing the host to retreat back to their line as Bandari continued to unleash attack after attack.
Oketch, on loan from Gor Mahia, gave the Dockers the lead in the 73rd minute when he placed the ball in the far left after his initial strike was punched back to play by Sony Sugar custodian, Kelvin Omondi.
Sony would later be reduced to nine men after Lewis Rampei picked a second yellow and Sony Sugar’s second red card of the match afer he made a reckless tackle on a marauding Oketch.
The win pushed Bandari two places up in the table on 25 points while Sony Sugar remained on 14th with 17 points.