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Bandari’s brief renaissance was on Wednesday checked by Kakamega Homeboyz who beat them 1-0 in a Kenyan Premier League match at the Bukhungu Stadium, Kakamega.

Chris Masinza’s goal in the ninth minute settled the tight contest as the dockers slumped to another defeat in this campaign.

The hosts were missing the services of Moses Mudavadi who is away with the national team for the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Uganda but it didn’t matter as Masinza put them ahead just under 10 minutes in.

It was Masinza’s second goal in the league since joining from Vihiga United in June. The winger timed his run to connect to David Okoth’s cross from the left.

Bandari sought to reply but their attacking trio of Wilberforce Lugogo, Yema Mwana and William Wadri was thwarted by the Homeboyz defence marshalled by Kennedy Onyango.

Wadri though he had equalised for the visitors but his shot was saved by Gabriel Andika in the 33rd minute after beating Collins Odhiambo.

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Ali Bai almost doubled Homeboyz’s lead in the 51st minute but he was denied by an onrushing Bandari custodian Justin Ndikumana.

Both coaches made substitutions in the second half. Bandari’s Bernard Mwalala withdrew Wadri and Lugogo for Wycliffe Ochomo and David King’atua respectively.

Homeboyz coach Nicholas Muyoti replaced Stephen Wakanya and Masinza with Dennis Sosi and Noah Wafula respectively.

The win sends Kakamega Homeboyz top of the log with 26 points from 13 matches albeit temporarily pending other results. Bandari are 13th with 12 points.

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Lewandowski reaches 30-goal mark in six-goal thriller

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BERLIN

Robert Lewandowski scored his 30th league goal of the season on Saturday as Bayern Munich came from behind to claim a 4-2 victory at Bayer Leverkusen and move a step closer to the Bundesliga title.

After Lucas Alario secured an early lead for the home side, Bayern struck twice in quick succession just before half-time to turn the game in their favour after Kingsley Coman’s equaliser.

Lewandowski netted in the second half as Bayern established a 10-point lead over title rivals Borussia Dortmund, who host Hertha Berlin later on Saturday, although Leverkusen teenager Florian Wirtz’s strike late on made him the Bundesliga’s youngest-ever scorer.

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The game also saw Bayern lend their support to protests over the death of black American man George Floyd, with all their players wearing armbands bearing the slogan “Black Lives Matter”.

With their talisman and Bayern transfer target Kai Havertz ruled out with a muscle injury, Leverkusen turned to Alario to lead the line against the champions.

The Argentine delivered after just nine minutes, beating the offside trap after a throw-in to slot the ball past Manuel Neuer.

A mistake from Moussa Diaby allowed Coman to curl in the equaliser, before a fizzing shot from Leon Goretzka and an elegant lob from Serge Gnabry saw Bayern take a two-goal lead before half-time.

Lewandowski finished the job with a well-placed header after the break, equalling his most prolific Bundesliga season, but there was still time for Wirtz to curl in a consolation goal for Leverkusen before the final whistle.

Wirtz set the new record for youngest scorer in the German top flight, aged 17 years and 34 days, beating the record set by Nuri Sahin for Borussia Dortmund in November 2005 by 48 days.

Elsewhere, a late equaliser from Christian Strohdiek gave bottom-of-the-table Paderborn a faint glimmer of hope in the race for survival, as they snatched a 1-1 draw away to RB Leipzig.

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Chelsea-bound Leipzig striker Timo Werner set up Patrik Schick on 27 minutes to give Leipzig the lead, but they were forced to defend it with 10 men after Dayot Upamecano was booked twice in the first half.

Strohdiek’s last-minute strike gave Paderborn their fourth draw in five games, though Steffen Baumgart’s side remain eight points off Fortuna Duesseldorf who occupy the relegation play-off place.

Duesseldorf themselves missed the chance to move towards safety, as they battled to a dramatic 2-2 draw against 10-man Hoffenheim.

A headed opener from Rouwen Hennings and a red card for Hoffenheim’s Benjamin Huebner put the home side in pole position, but the visitors struck back with goals from Munas Dabbur and Steven Zuber before Hennings saved a point with a late penalty.

Uwe Roesler’s side remain three points adrift of survival, after goals from Moussa Niakhate and Pierre Kunde Malong gave fellow strugglers Mainz a rare 2-0 win over local rivals Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Bayern show support for Black Lives Matter movement

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LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich showed their support for the Black Lives Matter protests on Saturday, following the death of black American man George Floyd last month.

As thousands assembled in Berlin and Munich to demonstrate against police brutality and for racial equality, Bayern became the highest-profile German club to support the protests.

Prior to their clash with Bayer Leverkusen, players warmed up in t-shirts bearing both the Black Lives Matter hashtag and the slogan of the club’s official “Reds Against Racism” campaign.

“FC Bayern stands for a world in which racism, discrimination, hate, injustice and violence have no place. The death of George Floyd and the images from the USA have shocked us all,” said club president Herbert Hainer in a statement.

“It’s a matter of actively and loudly showing our colours. Black Lives Matter and Reds Against Racism. We stand for togetherness that goes far beyond sports.”

During the game, all Bayern players also wore black armbands bearing the words “Black Lives Matter”.

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Stadiums to be split into ‘zones’ as EPL returns

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Premier League stadiums will be divided into three zones when the season resumes behind closed doors, West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady said Saturday.

The Premier League will resume on June 17 after a three-month absence due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Clubs met on Thursday to discuss logistics and safety protocols, with Brady saying stadiums would be divided into red, amber and green zones.

“Red zone will be the most severely restricted area, including the pitch, the tunnel, technical areas, changing rooms will be limited to 105 people maximum, to include players, coaching staff, match officials and all the essential staff only,” Brady wrote in her Sun newspaper column.

“And only those who have tested negative for Covid-19 in the past five days can enter this area…

“The amber zone will be restricted to the minimum number of staff required to meet contractual requirements for broadcasting, media and club staff… And anyone entering this area will be subject to a temperature check and a health questionnaire.

“And the green zone is the stadium exterior, eg car parking.”

Players have been told they must not shake hands, spit or share drinks, while social distancing will be observed even in the dressing room and showers, with a 15-minute limit for pre-match talks by managers.

“A new strict accreditation process will be developed, including an isolation room should someone unfortunately develop symptoms of Covid-19 whilst within the stadium,” Brady added.

Television viewers will have access to 360 degree replays and pre-match tunnel shots, while players’ shirts will feature the logo of Britain’s state-run National Health Service.

“So we are in good shape,” Brady said. “We are ready. We are raring to go.”

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