Coach Mwalala calm as Bandari streak on


Bandari FC head coach Bernard Mwalala looks on during their Kenya Premier League match at ...
Bandari FC head coach Bernard Mwalala looks on during their Kenya Premier League match at Kasarani stadium in Nairobi on February 16,2019. PhotoKelly Ayodi/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Bandari FC head coach Bernard Mwalala has said it is too early to talk about his side's title credentials following their latest league victory that ensured they stayed top
  • Bandari's 1-0 victory over Nzoia Sugar on Saturday meant the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) maintained their two-point gap over second-placed Mathare United who have played an extra match

Bandari FC head coach Bernard Mwalala has said it is too early to talk about his side’s title credentials following their latest league victory that ensured they stayed top.

Bandari’s 1-0 victory over Nzoia Sugar on Saturday meant the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) maintained their two-point gap over second-placed Mathare United who have played an extra match.

The Coastal-based team are on a three-match winning streak but even as his charges continue to hit the right notes, Mwalala is staying grounded.

“Currently nobody is safe, its game after game. Let’s first finish the first leg. After five or six games into the second leg we can think of such a talk. As it stands we cannot declare that we want to win the league,” Mwalala said.

Only four goalkeepers kept clean sheets as a total of 18 goals were scored over the weekend in round 15 of the KPL.

At Machakos’ Kenyatta Stadium late quick fire goals from substitutes Reagan Ronald and Tyson Otieno got Mathare United back to winning ways edging out bottom side AFC Leopards 2-0, trimming the gap between them and leaders Bandari FC to two points.

Ingwe are on a six-match losing streak, with new coach Rwandese Andre ‘Pep’ Cassa Mbungo losing all of his four opening games, three of which his charges have failed to score and now lie bottom of the table with 10 points from 15 matches, one below Vihiga United who were held to a one-all draw by seventh placed Kariobangi Sharks.

Mbungo was wary of the result insisting he still has a job to do to ensure his troops see out the entire game on a high.

“We dictated play until the final ten minutes when we disintegrated. We have to play well the entire game, offensively and defensively. Otherwise it will be difficult for us. We will be working on it,” said Mbungo.

Elsewhere Sofapaka midfielder Brian Magonya denied Nicholas Muyoti a dream debut at the Kakamega Homeboyz helm after he struck on the close of the game, sealing a 2-2 statement.

Muyoti decries lapse in the closing stages to have cost them the game but is adamant a series of good results will be coming their way.

“It is up to me to instill my philosophy and make sure that we starting winning matches immediately. This is a good working environment and I know that we are going to get positive results.”

The result has Homeboyz leapfrog Nzoia to ninth on 18 points while Sofapaka occupy fourth spot with 24 points after 15 rounds.

At the Green Stadium of Awendo, Western Stima squandered the chance to rise to third on the KPL log as they were scorched 4-0 by hosts Sony Sugar, in what is their heaviest defeat so far this season.

The loss leaves the ‘Powermen’ fifth after garnering 24 points from 14 games, while the millers lie eighth with 22 points from 15 games.

Mount Kenya United chatted their way to safety after downing 15th placed Zoo Kericho 1-0 in Machakos and now lie third from bottom on 12 points after 15 rounds.

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