St Eloi Lupopo’s danger man Makombo Maolongi capitalised on poor defending by Bandari to score in the 21st minute as the Congolese side booked a place in the first round of Caf Confederation Cup.
Bandari pulled a late equaliser, a penalty in stoppage time by Edwin Lavatsa, to draw 1-1 after St Eloi Lupopo’s Poto Mayenge had handled in the box.
Bandari crashed out of the Confederations Cup at the first hurdle on a 3-1 aggregate after a 2-0 loss in the first leg a fortnight ago in Lubumbashi.
Kenyan clubs have performed poorly in Caf competitions in the last two decades and Bandari’ s lethargic display on Sunday at Nyayo Stadium came as no surprise.
That Bandari needed a stoppage-time penalty to draw 1-1 at home against the Congolese club only to crash out of the tournament points to a disturbing trend.
UNBEATEN IN DOMESTIC LEAGUE
Gor Mahia, a club that was unbeaten in the domestic league last term, also crashed out of the Caf Champions League on Saturday after losing 3-1 on aggregate to CNaPS of Madagascar.
Bandari, who recruited heavily in January, bringing in players like Dan Sserunkuma, Edwin Wafula and Bernard Mang’oli, could not match the Congolese club.
In signing the players, Bandari coach Twahir Muhiddin believed he had assembled a unit capable of challenging for domestic and continental honours.
“Unless we change our league calendar to be in tandem with the international leagues, then we will keep struggling. We were playing against a club which has been active in their league and, as such, were in top shape,” Muhiddin said on Sunday.