Davis Agesa in a past NSL game against Migori Youth at Camp Toyoyo, Jericho on Sat 2 November 2019
Davis Agesa in a past NSL game against Migori Youth at Camp Toyoyo, Jericho on Sat 2 November 2019

Davis Agesa top scores for City Stars in NSL

After tallying and verification, lanky striker Davis Agesa Amuyunzu emerged as Nairobi City Stars top scorer with 17 goals in four seasons the club featured in the second tier National Super League (NSL) from 2017 to 2019/20.

After 12 seasons in the top tier Kenyan Premier League (KPL), Nairobi City Stars was relegated at the end of the 2016 season.

In their first season in the NSL, in 2017, Agesa scored seven goals that included the only NSL hat trick by City Stars registered during a 4-1 blitzkrieg of FC Talanta at Camp Toyoyo in September.

The hat trick followed his first ever brace in City Stars colors two weeks earlier that delivered a 2-1 win over Isibania FC at the same venue.

He added one more the next season before departing for a stint in Asia. Upon his return  months later he added three goals in the shortened and transitional 2018/19 season and another six that helped the team gain promotion in the Corona-disrupted 2019/20 season to tally up his NSL strikes to 17 .

With 17 NSL goals for City Stars, Agesa is ahead of Gambian Ebrima Sanneh and Ugandan Sande Katumba who both scored 15 goals over two NSL seasons.

Ezekiel Odera and Peter Mwangi Wainaina are the next best NSL scorers for City Stars with 14 and 10 goals, respectively.

“Well I can say it’s a day to day progress that I challenge myself to be better than yesterday so hopefully I keep my name more on the score sheets and keep raising City Stars flag high,”

With City Stars now back for the 2020/21 Premier League season, Agesa will be seeking his maiden top-flight goal, and more;

“Yes I feel I am ready and more hungry for the KPL challenge.” he said

Agesa has ten premier league appearances all gained while on a short-term loan at Thika United in the 2018 season.

Agesa committed to two more years at City Stars and will be angling for more premiership games, and goals, in the upcoming season.

Summary – City Stars NSL (2017 – 2019/20 seasons) Top Scorers

  1. Davis Agesa (Kenya) – 17
  2. Ebrima Sanneh (Gambia) – 15
  3. Sande Katumba (Uganda) – 15
  4. Ezekiel Odera (Kenya) – 14
  5. Peter Wainaina (Kenya) – 10

Davis Agesa

Davis Agesa

Davis Agesa (No. 11)

Davis Agesa in a past NSL game against Migori Youth at Camp Toyoyo, Jericho on Sat 2 November 2019

Davis Agesa scored a race to lead City Stars to a 3-1 come-from-behind win over host Modern Coast Rangers on Sat 23 Nov 2019 at Serani Sports Club

Yusuf Mukisa Lubowa joins Nairobi City Stars on a two-year deal

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Yusuf Mukisa Lubowa joins Nairobi City Stars on a two-year deal Photo - Courtesy

Mukisa joins Simba wa Nairobi

Ugandan defender Yusuf Mukisa Lubowa is the latest player to join Nairobi City Stars. He arrives from Uganda top tier side Proline on a two-year deal.

Mukisa returned to Simba wa Nairobi to actualize his signing in the current window after a move at the first time of asking in January 2020 failed to materialize.

“Mukisa is a utility back who is comfortable as a left, centre or right back. He is however coming in to fill the right back position vacated by Kevin Okumu,”

“We are certain his arrival will solidify our back line. I welcome him to Simba wa Nairobi.” said City Stars team coordinator Samson Otieno

Mukisa, is a former Uganda U20 captain who also featured for SC Villa and Proline Academy. He won the Ugandan league title with Vipers in the 2015/16 season.

Back in the years he captained Proline Academy which toured England – courtesy of Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand – and returned with 2-0 and 3-2 wins over Manchester Academy and West Ham Academy, respectively.

He featured for Proline at the Cecafa Club Championship and CAF Confederations cup in 2019. He had the following sentiments after being confirmed a Nairobi City Stars player.

“I’m excited to join both the City Stars and Jonathan Jackson Foundation family,”

“We have been in contact for the past six months and I came over in January and trained with the team in Nairobi. I was impressed by the playing unit, coach,  structures and feel good atmosphere around the team,”

“Now we have managed to get the deal and I wish to thank the CEO Patrick Korir and Coordinator Samson Otieno for the efforts to get me over there,”

“City Stars has a great history and is known for grooming Ugandan talents such as Danny Sserunkuma, Bruno Sserunkuma and Jimmy Bageya, among others, and I am happy to be part of this group. With the performances from last season, I’m certain the team will have a good season in both the Kenyan Premier League and domestic cup.” said the 27 year-old

Mukisa becomes the third player to join the main team after striker Erick Ombija from Gor Mahia and defensive mid Sven Yidah from Kariobangi Sharks.

The trio join four developmental players Rowland Makati from Vapor Sports, Timothy Ouma from Laiser Hill Academy, Ronney Kola Oyaro from Kenya School of Government (KSG) and keeper Elvis Ochieng Ochoro from Hakati Sportiff all signed in recent weeks.

Yusuf Mukisa Lubowa and Proline team mates with Sir Alex Ferguson in Manchester in 2008
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Wesley Onguso explaining on best ways to use a hand washing station
Wesley Onguso explaining on best ways to use a hand washing station

Players complete distribution of hand washing stations

A select number of Nairobi City Stars players concluded distribution of 100 hand washing stations across several localities in and without Kawangware in the ended week.

The latest activity was borne out of a coalition with the Nairobi Business Compact on Corona Virus (NBCC) and geared towards helping realize grass root penetration of interventions on the pandemic.

The latest initiative saw the placement of hand washing stations around businesses and areas with high traffic around Gatina, Satellite, Kabiria, Waruku, Kawangware, Waithaka, Nduaru, Ng’ando and Riruta

NBCC’s aim in placing and managing of hand washing stations by community members, with it’s partners, is to amplify the hygiene and behavior change.

During the launch of the same back in August City Stars chairperson Jonathan Jackson said;

“This acceptance in this community is a priceless bonus as we are able to articulate NBCC’s narrative, have our hand washing stations manned and our staff accepted as being part of the positive change happening in this community.”

While patrolling the communities to actualize implementation and use of the stations, Nairobi City Stars left back Wesley Onguso, a true community servant said;

“As players from this community we will embrace anything that goes towards keeping the society safer from the pandemic,”

“We are taking charge of the implementation and we will keep tabs on them to ensure there is enough and regular water and soap for use within where they have been planted. That is the least that we can do as City Stars players as we are aware that clean hands do more than preventing spread of Covid-19.”

City Stars team coordinator Samson Otieno and legend Arthur Museve spear head installation of hand washing station

Two City Stars players Elvis Ojiambo, Wesley Onguso testing a hand washing station

Charles Otieno confirming a hand washing station serves the community well

Elvis Ojiambo, Rowland Makati with a happy hand wash user

Rowland Makati observes use of a hand washing station set up in one of the communities

Sven Yidah signing his contract at Nairobi City Stars on Mon 7 Sep 2020
Sven Yidah signing his contract at Nairobi City Stars on Mon 7 Sep 2020

Sven Yidah arrives from Sharks

Defensive midfielder Sven Yidah Lusigi has joined Nairobi City Stars on a two-year deal from Kariobangi Sharks.

Sven, who shaped his early football at the famous Ligi Ndogo before crossing over to Sharks in 2016, becomes the second player to join the senior team rank following after striker Erick Ombija.

The two add on to the earlier signed youngsters Rowland Makati from Vapor Sports, Timothy Ouma from Laiser Hill Academy, Ronney Kola Oyaro from Kenya School of Government (KSG) and keeper Elvis Ochieng Ochoro from Hakati Sportiff, all roped in as developmental players.

Speaking after his unveiling at City Stars offices on Monday, Sven, a Kenya U23 player said;

“I am happy to join Nairobi City Stars. They have an ambitious project and I am eager to play a part in making it a success,”

“I will also be joining my former teammates (Ebrima) Sanneh, Shittu (Salim Abdalla) and Wycliffe (Otieno) who also played a huge role in convincing me to be part of this project. I promise work hard and to be full committed every day and any day.”

Team coordinator Samson Otieno had this to say on the arriving Sven;

“His defensive acumen were a great attraction to us and he was our number choice. We are glad he has taken his position ahead of a long list of interested players,”

“The experience he carries from Kariobangi Sharks will be of great value to City Stars. I welcome him on board.”

Sven, with 97 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) appearances with Sharks from the 2017 season, will don significant jersey no. 18 at City Stars – same as he had at Sharks.

18 denotes his birth date as well as that of his daughter, and its the jersey number that was owned by club legend Arthur Museve from the 2006/7 season all through to his retirement at the close of the 2018/19 season.

Sven Yidah unveiled at Nairobi City Stars on Mon 7 Sep 2020

Sven Yidah with Nairobi City Stars team coordinator Samson Otieno during his unveiling on Mon 7 Sep 2020

Sven Yidah with Nairobi City Stars CEO Patrick Korir during his unveiling on Mon 7 Sep 2020

Jonathan Jackson with Radull Live host Carol Radull on Sat 5 Sep 2020
Jonathan Jackson with Radull Live host Carol Radull on Sat 5 Sep 2020

Chair Jonathan Jackson attends Radull Live

On Saturday 5 Sep 2020, Nairobi City Stars chairperson Jonathan Jackson made his debut on Radull Live where he was hosted by Carol Radull.

On the show, Jonathan, the founder of Jonathan Jackson Foundation (JJF) who bankroll City Stars in full, discussed topical issues surrounding the club; from players to the wish to own a stadium.

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Jonathan Jackson with Radull Live host Carol Radull on Sat 5 Sep 2020

Jonathan Jackson at Rradull Live on Sat 5 Sep 2020

Jonathan Jackson with Radull Live host Carol Radull on Sat 5 Sep 2020

Jonathan Jackson at Rradull Live on Sat 5 Sep 2020