Bandari put up a gallant show to trounce stubborn Kariobangi Sharks 3-1 and earn the ticket to represent Kenya in the 2019/2020 CAF Confederations Cup.
The win for the dockers came with a glittering trophy and a KSh2million bounty, courtesy of sponsors – Sportpesa.
Sharks pocketed KSh1M.
The win was a great revenge for Bandari, who lost to Sharks in the final of the SportPesa Cup held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, at the start of the year.
The match was played over two days after it was rained off, on Saturday, with Bandari leading 2-1.
During the replay played on Sunday morning, Bandari proved they deserved the trophy after adding another goal to make it a 3-1 goal aggregate.
Benjamin Mosha added a third goal in Sunday’s action to add on to Yemi Mwana’s double.
Patillah Omotto’s long-range drive on Saturday was the only consolation for Sharks.
“Beating a team twice is not easy and I knew Kariobangi Sharks cannot beat us for the second time,” said coach Bernard Mwalala.
“I am happy my players were able to pick themselves up and utilize their chances in both matches. I do assure Kenyans we shall not disappoint them in the CAF confederations (Cup) tournament.
“We are going to prepare adequately by engaging in top flight friendlies geared to give the players the required experience and confidence.”
Sharks head coach, William Muluya, conceded they lost to a better prepared side.
“I have no complain to make. We shall blame ourselves since we lost a litany of chances which we could have converted,” said Muluya.
“Our finishing was not sharp while my defenders failed to contain their markers. Generally, I am happy with my boys for reaching the finals.”
Sharks will not break camp as they will head back for training to prepared prepare for their pre-season friendly match against the English Premier League side – Everton, on 7 July .