Bandari FC are unfazed by their inexplicable loss to AFC Leopards in a SportPesa Premier League (SPL) match last week and have declared that they will be seeking to make amends in the GOtv Shield Cup’s 16th round encounter against Nakumatt this weekend.
The team’s Technical Director, Twahir Muhiddin (pictured) said they have put behind them the disappointment of a 1-0 loss to Leopards and are overly keen to win the GOtv gong for a second time to be able to revisit the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Cup next year. “In all honesty, our game against Leopards was far from nerve-wracking.
We actually dominated the match and created about seven chances all which went to waste. Leopards utilized their only chance that made all the difference. I can only say we were victims of ill-luck,” said Muhiddin.
He added that Bandari can now dare dream of achieving their goals including a top four finish in the SportPesa Premier League (SPL) especially after roping in talented players among them Tanzanian prodigy Cosmas Junior and former Zoo Kericho striker Kevin Omondi.
“The players know what is expected of them and obviously, I’m pretty certain they will add value to the team. We have to keep on encouraging them to produce good results,”quipped Muhiddin.
Bandari have held onto their own, including eliminating such bigwigs as Gor Mahia in the GOtv Shield Cup, despite losing key players like Musa Mudde and Dan Sserunkuma during the mini-transfer window.
Bandari, meanwhile, will be taking battle to their old foes in form of Nakumatt in the crucial GOtv pre-quarter final stage on Saturday. The dockers have twice beaten the Nakumatt Holdings-sponsored side in the knock-out competition and will be desirous to stretch the record.
Bandari first prevailed over Nakumatt 4-2 on penalties in the 2015 final and went ahead to eliminate them in the third round of last year’s competition that was eventually won by Tusker.
After winning the 2015 edition of the GOtv Shield, Bandari carried Kenya’s banner in the CAF Cup where they were eliminated 4-2 on aggregate by Saint Eloi Lupopo from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
But Muhiddin reckons that records sometimes count for nothing and as such, they will be treating the match with the seriousness it deserves.