Former champions Tusker came from a goal down to defeat Bandari 2-1 in a closely fought Kenya Premier League match played at Ruaraka grounds on Saturday.
The visiting side had taken the lead through Abdullatif Omar in the 56th minute before Jesse Were leveled matter in 78th minute. Ismail Dunga then stepped up to convert from the penalty spot for the vital win.
Bandari players were very incensed accusing Tusker midfielder Kevin Kimani of going down too easily to earn the penalty. The visitors’ were also forced to play the last ten minutes with ten men after Victor Majid was red carded.
Bandari coach Twahir Muhiddin could not hide his anger after the final whistle. “That was not a penalty. Kimani conned the referee to win the spot-kick and that is very unfortunate that we are still complaining of poor officiating even at this era.
“We had taken control of the match after going ahead and we could have scored even after Were (Jesse) put them on level terms. Our efforts of getting something out of the match were thwarted by match referee after he decided to award them (Tusker) a dubious penalty and red carding Majid.”
Bandari, who finished amongst top six teams last season, have won once and lost thrice an outcome that could threaten Muhiddin’s job at the Coastal club. “We are struggling to find our rhythm and style of play but I am not concerned about losing my job.
“We have just played four matches and we want to perform better in our next league assignment. We need to start winning matches because this is not the kind of performance we are supposed to produce.”