The jigsaw pieces as far as survival in the National Super League (NSL) have been fixed at Nairobi City Stars well ahead of the final match of the 2018/19 season, when they take on Kibera Black Stars and targets are now shifting to getting back to the top flight.
For long periods in the current campaign, City Stars carried the air of a relegation bound team, until the club’s takeover by Jonathan Jackson Foundation, under the leadership of Jonathan Jackson and a subsequent injection of cash and new appointments in the management and team.
The changes have worked wonderfully and with their place in the second tier assured, the Kawangware based side is shifting its synergies towards bolstering the team with an ambition to get back to the premier league in 2020/21.
In a statement, the club notes that it will adopt a strategy directed at beefing up the key areas in preparation for the 2019/20 season, and in reflection to the tough season that 2018/19 has been, the club CEO Patrick Korir noted that they are looking to end the campaign on a positive.
“It seemed all lost at some point but with properly channeled resources the team turned its fortunes around. Now that the red zone fears are over, we look forward to our final season game, a derby against Black Stars hoping to end the season positively,” Korir noted.
On his part, club chair Jonathan Jackson called on fans to turn up in numbers at Hope Center to cheer both teams in what has come to be known as a Nairobi West derby.
End on a high
“When two communities get locked for a game it’s bound to be a cracker. This one will be closely fought and we urge all fans from either divide to come and cheer their teams as they both aim to end the season on a high” the chairman said.
At 37 points from 37 matches, City Stars stand five points above the drop zone. They are just a point behind their final day opponents and will be looking to hit the 40 – point mark at the close of their encounter on Sunday 9 June.