Bandari cannot be entirely described as bridesmaids in Kenyan football having represented the country in the CAF Confederation Cup in 2016 where they were bundled out by Congolese outfit St Eloi Lupopo in the preliminary stage.
However, the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title has proved elusive to the dockers though suffice IT to say that they are making headways towards making this dream a reality in the 2018 edition.
Bandari are lying in the third position in the chart with 24 points behind Mathare who have amassed 24 as Gor sit at the summit with a collection of 27 points thus far. These statistics mean that should Bandari register wins in their remaining fixtures and Mathare and Gor tumble, the team will savour their ever first KPL win.
“I believe this is possible though it is still early in the season to ascertain it. Obviously, winning it (KPL) will bring joy for our young team but the idea here is to work hard to achieve it,” said Bandari Technical Director Twahir Muhiddin.
Saturday, Bandari will need the inspiration of such utility players like David King’atua and Shaban Kenga in their quest to post positive results against Tusker at Mbaraki ground in Mombasa in one of the eight KPL matches on the menu this weekend.
This is by all standards a pressure cooker encounter and although Bandari will be enjoying home ground advantage, they have their work cut out since they are meeting a Tusker side that has won three matches on a trot under their returnee coach Robert Matano.
Tusker beat Sony 3-2 away last weekend and it will be interesting to observe how they will fare against Bandari in the searing heat of Mombasa. In the meantime, Mathare face Kariobangi Sharks in yet another cliff-hanger at Camp Toyoyo in Jericho on Sunday.
For Mathare, they will be angling to cash in on the exemption of Gor from the weekend fixtures to close in on the latter who are still in the driving seat in the league chart.
Mathare striker Cliff Nyakeya is enjoying the form of his life and this is actually the player Sharks’ defence line will be hard pressed to mark out of the game.
At Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Saturday, AFC Leopards who lost the Mashemeji Derby against Gor Mahia on Labour Day will have a chance to make amends when they stalk Chemelil Sugar.
But certainly, it won’t be easy for Leopards considering that they are meeting a wounded Chemelil side that is seeking for improved fortunes after they were pelted 2-0 by Ulinzi Stars last weekend. On paper, however, Leopards who are under new coach Rodolfo Zapato start form favourites.