Goals from Aloice Mangi and Victor Majid revive porters' season after a slow start and thwart K'Ogalo's hopes of returning to winning ways
Gor Mahia succumbed to their second league defeat of the season after going down 2-1 to hosts Bandari in a Kenyan Premier League match played at Mombasa County Stadium.
A lapse in concentration by both Bandari and Gor Mahia defenders allowed both sides to get goals in the first half. First, Aloice Mangi put the porters ahead in the 41st minute after he beat Jerim Onyango in goal driving home a well executed chip from David Naftali.
Then in the 46th minute Dan Sserunkuma levelled the scores after having a tip on Godfrey Walusimbi’s cross. Bandari however, ensured they retained all three points when Victor Majid beat Jerim Onyango with a low ball.
The porters were in need of an inspirational win after a slow start to the season and started well winning a third minute free-kick which Victor Majid failed to convert. Then Dan Sserunkuma failed to pass home a Godfrey Kizito effort as a determined Kepha Aswani was flagged off-side as he was preparing to score.
In the sixth minute, Shaban Kenga was stopped by Wilson Oburu from a low effort. Bandari were very wasteful from free-kicks as Duncun Otewa proved in the sixth minute by sending wide from 20 yards.
At the quarter hour mark, Kepha Aswani proved selfish after he failed to feed Alloice Mangi, who was in a better position to score and instead, went for goal only to waste the effort. With pressure coming from goal to goal, the two sides were awarded with corners before the 20th minute but nothing came out of it.
But Bandari were determined to go up and they did when from a short corner Mangi struck home to silence the huge Gor Mahia crowd which turned up at the venue. Gor Mahia pulled the goal back in second minute of added time after Dan Sserunkuma utilized a lapse concentration in Bandari defence to turn home.
When the second half started, Dan Sserunkuma hit the post with Wilson Oburu well beaten. The goalkeeper was called again to stop Shaban Kenga. Bandari then pulled out Ali Bhai for Victor Onyango while Gor Mahia rested Shaban Kenga for Patrick Oboya. Gor Mahia's Kevin Oluoch earned the only yellow card of the match as Bandari hang on to pick maximum points.