NSL club to re-hire German tactician in first step towards 2020 KPL return

National Super League (NSL) side Nairobi City Stars are believed to be deliberating on re-hiring German tactician Oliver Page as the first step towards getting the team back to the topflight.

This has come out after the club parted ways with Ugandan tactician Jimmy Kinto after just three months in charge.

Relegation fight

Kinto was appointed in January to try and change the team’s fortunes but it has not worked out as the team has been unable to wriggle itself away from the relegation bracket.

He replaced former team captain John Amboko as head coach with the latter dropping down to be his assistant.

Page, who served at the club between 2008 and 2011 is seen as the perfect man to get the team maintain its status in the second tier before plotting a return to the KPL.

Ebrimma Sanneh during his stint with Kariobangi Sharks. He netted 11 times on his KPL debut for Nairobi City Stars back in 2015 (PIC: K-Sharks)

The Kawangware based side suffered relegation at the end of the 2016 season and has since operated in the NSL.

The return of Page, a UEFA Pro License holder could be a huge boost to the side that is believed to have struck financial relief with a real estate mogul said to have bought the team.

Page also briefly served as coach at Top Fry FC (Nakuru All Stars) back in 2014.

A number of experienced players have also been singled out to come on board with Noah Abich, Lwamba Bebeto, Heritier Luvualu, Jacob Keli, David Gateri and Ebrimma Sanneh already training with the team eyeing to be signed before the mid-season transfer window comes to a close later on in the week.

Explosive debut

Sanneh had an explosive debut season in Kenyan football with City Stars back in 2015, scoring 11 goals as well as finishing second in the New Player category of that year’s FOYA Awards.

He has been a free agent since parting ways with Kariobangi Sharks at the end of last season.

City Stars currently lie in 17th place on the standings with 15 points, sitting just above the drop zone by virtue of goal difference.