City Stars rise tied to professional approach to training, says coach

Nairobi City Stars has emerged as a top contender for one of the two automatic promotion places from the National Super League (NSL) and after the opening six matches, are perched at the summit of the second tier, having put up a good run that coach Sanjin Alagic attributes to a change in the approach to training.

After six matches, the Kawangware based side has managed five wins, only dropping points in a 0 – 0 draw with Vihiga United and the coach, who took charge at the start of the season gave a good rating for his first three months in charge.

With the good start, the coach is not letting complacency set in and has called on his players to keep the focus, only taking a game at a time.

Focused

“I am very satisfied with how the team has developed in the past three months since my arrival. We are top of the table but honestly, we are only focused on the next match because it is a long season and there are 32 matches still to play.

“We need to enjoy the moment and our good results, but at the same time, stay focused and humble,” he noted.

A big boost for the team came in the financial injection by the Jonathan Jackson Foundation (JJF) and as the coach sets the course for the team’s future he is ever thankful for the support from the club management.

“The most important thing is unity; what we have in the team – the coaching staff, the office and JJF – they have all worked hard to help us achieve our goals. I believe in honesty, professionalism, dedication and hard work, then afterwards we will see success.

Special thanks to players

“A special thanks to my players who have adopted the new methodology of training applied in professional clubs in Europe. It was hard for them at the start to accept that kind of tactical discipline in training and games but we have managed and thus the good results,” he added.

The team’s quest for a return to the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) continues on Sunday 6 October, when they face Kenya Police.

With three more wins, they will match their tally of wins in the entire 38 matches of last season.