This was Bandari’s first ever shot at the continental level and the team says it has learnt a lot from both legs against Lupopo.
Coming into the return leg in Nairobi, Bandari needed at least a 2-0 win to force the game to penalties, whilst more than three goals would have been enough for outright victory.
However, Makambo Maolingi who scored one of the goals in the reverse in Lubumbashi broke their hearts with a 17th minute opener.
Bandari had started the game brightly with two early chances which were not converted by George Abege and Shabaan Kenga. Lupopo threatened for the first time in the 15th minute, Pambani Makiadi striking a free kick from the right which Bandari keeper Wilson Obungu managed to parry away before an onrushing Maolingi could get to it.
Maolingi punished Bandari for the missed opportunities, capitalizing on a defensive switch from Bandari to sneak in on the right and score past Obungu.
Ugandan striker Abege had a chance to take his team back into contention with a shot from the edge of the box in the 23rd minute but it went over. Congolese defender Felly Mulumba also had a chance to pull Bandari back, scoring against his countrymen, but he could not get a strong connection to a Bernard Mang’oli freekick in the 31st minute.
Taking a lone goal lead into recess, Lupopo were more than contend that they would be strolling into the next round of the competition. On resumption, Bandari were willing to take the game into the Lupopo half and fight back.
Mousa Mbayi came inches close to Lupopo’s second in the 54th minute from a set piece taken by one of Congo’s CHAN stars, Junior Baometu, but it missed the target by a whisker.
Bandari coach Muhiddin then introduced Danny Sserunkuma for Abege as he sought to inject some fresh blood into the forward line. The home side came close on 66 minutes but Anthony Kimani’s volley from a Musa Mudde long pass wasn’t strong enough.
As the clock ticked, it was evident that the best Bandari would do was fight for pride. They got the consolation in the third minute of added time, Edwin Lavatsa scoring from the penalty spot after Paso Mayenge handled inside the box.