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Bandari seek rare away win in Sudan

Friday August 23 2019

Bandari players huddle together for prayer during their Caf Confederation Cup preliminary round first leg match against Sudan's Al Ahly Shendi at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on August 10, 2019. The match ended in a barren draw. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT |

Bandari players huddle together for prayer during their Caf Confederation Cup preliminary round first leg match against Sudan's Al Ahly Shendi at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on August 10, 2019. The match ended in a barren draw. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

JEFF KINYANJUI
By JEFF KINYANJUI
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Bandari will take on Sudanese side Al Ahly Shendi in a Caf Confederation Cup preliminary round return leg match on Friday evening at the Shendi Stadium in Sudan.

The two teams played to a barren draw in the first leg played in Nairobi on August 10, taking the stakes in Friday's encounter a notch higher.

A win or a scoring draw of any kind will see the Kenyan side through while a barren draw will take the match straight to penalties to decide who proceeds to the next stage.

The dockers have been struggling in front of goal and their tactician Bernard Mwalala is hoping things will be different in the second leg.

“It has been a concern but we have tried to work on it. I am hoping we at least find the back of the net once against Shendi and defend well just like the first leg. I am confident we can get a good result despite the fact that we are away,” said an optimistic Mwalala.

Shendi tactician Mohammed “Mazda” Abdalla is banking on home advantage to pull through.

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“The tie is still very open and they (Bandari) can make it very difficult for us if they score. However we are at home and that is a plus. We will fight until the end and hopefully go through to the next stage,” said the experienced coach.

The match kicks off at 8:30pm EAT.

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