Bandari finish second in KPL despite draw against 10-man Sofapaka
Bandari finish second in KPL despite draw against 10-man Sofapaka

Bandari finish second in KPL despite draw against 10-man Sofapaka

Bandari have finished the Kenya Premier League season as runners-up, after battling to a 0-0 draw against Sofapaka on Sunday afternoon. 

The Dockers, playing at their Mbaraki Stadium could not find a way past John Baraza's men, despite the visitors being reduced to 10 men two minutes after the restart. 

The match was a cagey affair in the opening minutes, with both teams trying to take control of the midfield in a cloudy afternoon at the Kenyan Coast. 

It was, however, until the 20th minute that the real chance of the game fell to Yema Mwana, who dribbled past the Sofapaka defence and found himself one-on-one with the keeper but could not bury the opportunity.

Sofapaka too hit back almost immediately with an attack of their own, but the home team thwarted a smart Sofapka team play. 

There was little action in the first half as both teams settled for a 0-0 halftime score.

Red Card

The match had the biggest incident of the afternoon two minutes after the restart, with Sofapaka goalkeeper Justin Ndikumana receiving his marching orders after he was shown a straight red card. 

This was after Kenga dribbled past the experienced goalie, who tripped him at the edge of the box, giving the referee no choice but to pull out the red card and award the hosts a freekick.

Yema missed opportunity 

With a man advantage, Bandari ran the visitors round in rings and should have taken the lead in the 65th minute after Fred Nkata found Yema with a lovely ball but the marksman could not find the net as the keeper stood his ground to deny him. 

There was little action afterward as Sofapaka defended in numbers and left Mbaraki with a point. 

The result means Bandari, who are on 63 points, will finish behind Champions Gor while Sofapaka will need a point in their last match to confirm a third-place finish. 

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