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  • June 30, 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • Nairobi City Stadium, Nairobi

Gor Mahia 0-0 Bandari: K'Ogalo fire blanks yet again

Gor Mahia 0-0 Bandari: K'Ogalo fire blanks yet again

Timothy Olobulu.

Gor Mahia who started with four strikers, had better chances and in more than one instance should have buried the ball behind the net for a win

Bandari FC make their way back to Coast with a point after holding Gor Mahia to a barren draw in a match played at the City Stadium on Sunday.

Gor Mahia starting off the match with four strikers had the better chances of the game and in more than one instance should have buried the ball behind the net. It was the second successive draw for Gor Mahia and caretaker coach John 'Bobby' Ogolla after that 0-0 battle against Thika United.

As early as the first minute, Gor already had a shot at goal but Dan Serunkuma’s effort missed the target by inches. The Ugandan striker had picked up the ball at the edge of the box after Ali Bhai’s miss pass and unleashed a shot that caught Obungu off guard, though he was fortunate it went out.

Gor continued to dictate play with Mungai Kiongera especially enterprising. However they could not knit together well enough to earn a goal. Bandari had a great opportunity in the 19th minute but Shaban Kenga failed to tap into an empty net.

Edwin Lavatsa had lost the ball in midfield with Chrispin Odula picking it up for Ali Bhai on the right. The former Western Stima man cut back a cross but Kenga’s shot was blocked heading goal ward.

Gor sensing danger upped their activity in the opponent’s half. Mungai Kiongera who was making his first start since recovering from a thigh injury raced with the ball on the left before releasing it to Sserunkuma who in turn cut back a 45’ cross. However, Edwin Lavatsa’s shot was blocked by Raphael Okello with Wilson Obungu well beaten.

Three minutes later, Obungu was at hand this time to deny Sserunkuma. Mungai Kiongera’s free-kick from the left had found Rama Salim who controlled in front of Obungus face before passing to Sserunkuma, whose shot was saved.

Obungu was increasingly being the main man for Bandari and he was forced into another save in the 27th minute this time from Chris Wekesa’s fierce left foot.

But the best chance for Gor would come on the half hour mark, building up well from midfield. However, the final execution to the build up destroyed all the good work, with Rama passing to Sserunkuma just at the edge of the box. Mungai Kiongera, who was better placed was left fuming as he was denied the ball.

With a minute to half time, Mungai Kiongera struck a shot picking up a loose ball on the edge of the box after some sluggish defending from Bandari.

Ali Bhai had a decent effort denied by Jerry Onyango just at the start of the second half, dribbling past four Gor players before unleashing a low shot. On the hour mark, Wilson Obungu was the man in action again this time making a beautiful save to deny Kelvin Omondi who had just come in for Erick Ochieng.

Obungu once again produced a fine save to deny Sserunkuma after Rama Salim had flicked on the ball for the Ugandan from a Jerry Onyango long ball. Gor would go quiet in attack as Bandari seemed to employ time wasting antics, sensing that Gor were increasingly going upfront.

There was drama however, towards the end of the match with Bandari’s new signing Humphrey Okoti being given the matching orders after appearing to kick Mungai Kiongera when the ball was already out of his reach.