Bandari F.C has secured a second position in this year’s Kenya Premier League after drawing 1-1 with Sofapaka at the Mbaraki Sports Club in Mombasa on Thursday.
A simple draw is what Bandari needed to be assured of a second spot behind champions Gor Mahia in the 18-team league.
Bandari with two matches at hand have collected 59 points, while AFC Leopards is in third position has 51 points.
Gor Mahia successfully defended their tittle after amassing 71 points.
Kepha Aswani scored for Sofapaka in the 7th minute while William Wardi equalized for Bandari in the 53rd minute in a match that was initially scheduled for Wednesday, but pushed to Thursday due to heavy rains that made Mbaraki Sports ground waterlogged.
The match lacked the expected fireworks due to the slippery ground occasioned by the Wednesday’s heavy downpour at the coastal city.
Bandari coach, Bernard Mwalala expressed his satisfaction with his players, saying through hard work and consistency the team deservedly clinched the second position.
This is the best performance for the Mombasa-based team since joining Premier League a decade ago.
During the early years of their participation in the top Kenyan Football League, Bandari was struggling to avoid relegation, despite massive support from their sponsors, Kenya Ports Authority (KPA).