A new owner and a bigger financial muscle have clearly breathed new life at Nairobi City Stars and after massively recruiting in the current transfer window, the ambition for the National Super League (NSL) side is clear – the team is going to put in a big fight for promotion.
At the closing stages of the 2018/19 season, the team lay low on the NSL log and needed a put in a good shift to guarantee it stays in the second tier. That, a determined group of experienced players delivered and with 12 new faces, it can only get better in 2019/20.
Former Kenyan international Anthony Muki Kimani and Ugandan Jimmy Bageya, are among the top players signed up by the new look City Stars side, now under new management after Peter Jabuya, the former chairman reached an agreement with Jonathan Jackson, of the Jonathan Jackson Foundation, to relinquish his stake.
Carrying loads of experience, the two are not the only ones set to don the blue and white for the Kawangware based side this season. The team also made a tour of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and picked the creme of it.
Goalkeeper Levis Opiyo is now at the team, alongside Wesley Onguso, with whom he served at Posta Rangers last season. Nahashon Thiong’o has also been brought on board, after a troubled stay with financially crippled Mount Kenya United.
Erick Ochieng, Shittu
Erick Ochieng, formerly of Gor Mahia, Bandari, Red Berets, Sofapaka and KCB has joined the team after a stint with Wazito FC while Salim Shittu Abdalla has also joined, from AFC Leopards.
The team will also have former Modern Coast duo of Stephen Mweni (of the triumphant Ulinzi Stars U20 team of 2016) and Cornelius Mwangi. Former Kariobangi Sharks defender Wycliffe Otieno is also confirmed.
Vincent Otieno from Hakati Sportiff and midfielder Elvis Ojiambo from Kibera Black Stars complete the list.
As the 12 join 15 others who stayed on from last season, a new man, Bosnian Sanjiu Alagic will be the man in charge of the technical bench as former Gor Mahia defender Tiellen Oguta and former City Stars and AFC Leopards defender John Amboko slot in as the assistant coaches.
Former Sofapaka and KCB goalkeeper Zachary Onyango is the goalkeeping coach and Arthur Museve who retired at the close of last season will be the fitness coach working alongside Grace Nangondo, who will also double up as the team’s nutritionist.