Bandari tossed out of Confederations Cup
Bandari have been eliminated from the Caf Confederations Cup following a 1-1 draw with Congolese side St Eloi Lupopo on Sunday at the Nyayo National Stadium.
The result saw the coastal side losing the two-leg tie 3-1 on aggregate having lost the first leg encounter 2-0 away in Lubumbashi a fortnight ago.
The visiting team opened the scoresheet through danger man Makombo Maolongi in the 21st minute to pretty much seal Bandari’s fate.
The dockers however pulled a late equaliser, a penalty in stoppage time by Edwin Lavatsa for a hand ball in the box, when the tie had already been lost.
Save for the early attempt by lanky Edwin Lavatsa from down the right channel in the fourth minute and a horrendous miss by winger Shaban Kenga in the face of goal in the 28th minute, the dockers failed to trouble the Congolese side.
“We missed early chances and our midfield players didn’t do their job well. We lost several balls, sat back and were too defensive,” Bandari coach Twahir Muhiddin said while conceding defeat.
Bandari’s exit closely follows Gor Mahia’s ouster from the Caf Champions League just 24 hours earlier. On Saturday, Gor Mahia lost 1-0 to Madagascar’s CNaPS to go out on a similar 3-1 defeat over two legs.