Striker Ezekiel Odera celebrates his 53rd minute goal that handed Nairobi City Stars a 1-0 win over Tusker on Fri 30 July 2021 in Ruaraka
Striker Ezekiel Odera celebrates his 53rd minute goal that handed Nairobi City Stars a 1-0 win over Tusker on Fri 30 July 2021 in Ruaraka

Odera goal brings down Tusker

Nairobi City Stars hit log leaders Tusker FC 1-0 at their own backyard in Ruaraka on Friday 30 July 2021 during a round 29 Betking Premier League game to snap a three-game winless run.

Odera got to the end of a perfect Timothy Noor Ouma pass in the 53rd minute to steal right back Eric Ambunya’s short header towards keeper Emery Mvuyekure to fire a slow ball that went all the way past the line.

With the win, Simba wa Nairobi shot up from the ninth spot to fifth with a new haul of 41 points. Despite the loss, Tusker stays top with 55 points.

Next up for City Stars is a round 30 clash against AFC Leopards at the same Ruaraka grounds starting 3.15 pm.

Lineups

Tusker: 20. Emery Mvuyekure (GK), 26. Erick Ambunya, 23. Sammy Miseh (Hillary Wandera-56), 40. Eugene Asike (Captain), 15. Rodgers Aloro, 30. Humphrey Mieno, 4. Apollo Otieno (14. Faraj Ominde-68), 16. Jackson Macharia (25. Kevin Okoth-56), 12. Cristopher Ochieng (7. Erick Zakayo-56), 17. Chrispinus Onyango (24. Luke Namanda-56), 21. Brian Marita

Unused subs: 29. Michael Wanjala, 2. Vincent Ngesa, 19. Jimmy Mbugua, 5. Michael Madoya

Coach: Robert Matano

Nairobi City Stars: 23. Steve Njunge, 19. Kevin Okumu, 22. Wyclife Otieno, 25. Kenedy Onyango, 26. Bolton Omwenga, 2. Elvis Noor Ojiambo, 30. Anthony Kimani (Captain), 20. Timothy Ouma, 17. Nicholas Kipkirui (3. Charles Otieno-89) , 32. Ezekiel Odera (28. Herit Mungai-79) 11. Davis Agesa (24. Erick Ombija-73),

Unsused subs: 16. Jacob Osano, 8. Calvin Masawa, 12. Edwin Buliba, 15. John Kamau, 9. Vincent Okoth

Coach: John Amboko

Yellow cards

Tusker: 15. Rodgers Aloro (55), 17. Chrispinus Onyango (57), Kevin Okoth (86),
Nairobi City Stars: 32. Ezekiel Odera (59), 22. Wycliffe Otieno (69), 23. Steve Njunge (71)

Odera, Tusker, City Stars

Midfielder Timothy Ouma celebrates with scorer Ezekiel Odera celebrates a 53rd minute goal that handed Nairobi City Stars a 1-0 win over Tusker on Fri 30 July 2021 in Ruaraka

Nairobi City Stars left back Bolton Omwenga supported by skipper Anthony Muki Kimani during a first leg clash against Tusker at Utalii on 21 March 2021.The game ended 2-2
Nairobi City Stars left back Bolton Omwenga supported by skipper Anthony Muki Kimani during a first leg clash against Tusker at Utalii on 21 March 2021.The game ended 2-2

Head to Head: Tusker (H) vs Nairobi City Stars (A)

On Friday 30 July 2021, Tusker will host Nairobi City Stars at Ruaraka starting 3.15 pm in a Betking Premier League matchday 28 clash.

It will be the 25th time the two will face off in the top flight, but the 13th time that Nairobi City Stars will be hosted by the current log leaders.

The two teams last met in March during the first leg, the game ending 2-2 after Tusker rallied to score twice in the second half to cancel out quickfire goals by skipper Anthony Muki Kimani in the first half.

From the previous 12 games away to Tusker, City Stars has managed three wins and draws, and lost the other six.

It will be the fifth time City Stars will be hosted at Ruaraka by Tusker after visits in 2004, 2009, 2010, and 2014.

The 2004 and 2010 games ended in 1-0 wins in favor of Tusker, while the 2009 and 2014 games ended 1-1.

Into the upcoming game, one conspicuous change is the absence of coach Sanjin Alagic who handled the first leg game for City Stars. His role has since been taken up by John Amboko who will come up against his former coach Robert Matano.

Tusker currently sits top of the 17-team log with 55 points, with a 17 point buffer on Simba wa Nairobi who is further down in ninth spot with 38 points.

Form-wise, Tusker carries a draw to the latest game as City Stars is reeling from a 2-1 loss to foes Bidco United.

Summary

KPL away games vs Tusker; Wins (3), Draws (3), Loses (6)

17-Oct-04; Tusker vs World Hope, 1-0 (L)
2-Jul-06; Tusker vs World Hope, 1-0 (L)
21-Jul-07; Tusker vs World Hope, 3-1 (L)
20-Aug-08; Tusker vs World Hope, 0-2 (W)
4-Apr-09; Tusker vs City Stars, 1-1 (D)
9-May-10Tusker vs City Stars, 1-0 (L)
17-Jul-11; Tusker vs City Stars, 2-1 (L)
11-Feb-12; Tusker vs City Stars, 2-1 (L)
20-Sep-13; Tusker vs City Stars, 2-3 (W)
19-Sep-14; Tusker vs City Stars, 1-1 (D)
21-Aug-15; Tusker vs City Stars, 0-1 (W)
23-Oct-16; Tusker vs City Stars, 1-1 (D)
30-Jul-21; Tusker vs City Stars, ??

Nairobi City Stars striker Erick Ombija supported by skipper Anthony Kimani during a first leg clash against Tusker at Utalii on 21 March 2021.The game ended 2-2
Nairobi City Stars striker Erick Ombija supported by skipper Anthony Kimani during a first leg clash against Tusker at Utalii on 21 March 2021.The game ended 2-2

Three changes for Tusker duel

From the squad that lost 2-1 to Bidco United on Monday, head coach John Amboko has made three changes as Nairobi City Stars visit log leaders Tusker at Ruaraka on Friday 30 July 2021 starting 3.15 pm.

In comes striker Erick Ombija who was on compassionate leave for defender Wesley Onguso as stopper Kenedy Onyango, suspended for the Bidco game, takes up the place of centre-back Salim Shitu Abdalla who saw red in that game.

The final change sees the return of keeper Jacob Osano for Elvis Ochoro.

From the squad that played Tusker in the first leg in March at Utalii, and drew 2-2, the changes made are five.

Other than Salim and Onguso, midfielders Oliver Maloba and Sven Yidah, and flyer Rodgers Okumu will all miss the upcoming Tusker reverse.

Maloba and Yidah are still out with the Kenya U23 team in Ethiopia for the CECAFA Championship.

In place of the five is utility back Edwin Buliba, strikers Vincent Jamaica Otieno and Ezekiel Odera, left-back Herit Mungai, and winger Azizi Okaka.

20-man squad to face Tusker FC

Goalkeepers: 16. Jacob Osano (GK), 23. Steve Njunge (GK),

Defenders: 26. Balton Omwenga, 25. Kenedy Onyango8. Calvin Masawa, 19. Kevin Okumu, 22. Wycliffe Otieno, 28. Herit Mungai Atariza, 12. Edwin Buliba

Midfielders: 30. Anthony Kimani, 3. Charles Otieno, 2. Elvis Noor Ojiambo, 20. Timothy Noor Ouma, 27. Azizi Okaka, 15. John Kamau,

Strikers: 17. Nicholas Kipkirui , 11. Davis Agesa, 32. Ezekiel Odera, 9. Vincent Otieno Okoth, 24. Erick Ombija

Not considered: 6. Ronney Kola, 14. Rowland Makati (both on loan at Nairobi Stima), 18. Sven Yidah & 21. Oliver Maloba (out on U23 CECAFA duty), 1. Elvis Ochoro (GK), 5. Wesley Onguso, 4. Salim Abdalla (suspended), 29. Ebrima Sanneh (injury), 7. Rodgers Okumu (rest), 10. Peter Opiyo (injury)

Nairobi City Stars skipper Anthony 'Muki' Kimani plots a way past Bidco United's Collins Okumu during a matchday 28 Premier LEague game at Ruaraka on Mon 26 Jul 2021. Bidco won the game 2-1
Nairobi City Stars skipper Anthony 'Muki' Kimani plots a way past Bidco United's Collins Okumu during a matchday 28 Premier LEague game at Ruaraka on Mon 26 Jul 2021. Bidco won the game 2-1

City Stars falls to Bidco

Bidco United came out tops with a 2-1 win over home team Nairobi City Stars in a temper-filled round 28 Premier league affair at Ruaraka on Monday 26 July 2021.

Goals by David Orem goal at the near post with two minutes left to the half-hour mark and a blast by former City Stars boy David Gateri four minutes past the hour mark handed Bidco United a 2-0 cushion in the game.

City Stars, hosting Bidco United for the first time ever in the premier league, rallied to grab a consolation in the 80th minute through an Ezekiel Odera penalty. It was his first goal of the season.

But all effort thereafter by Simba wa Nairobi did not yield another goal leaving Bidco to carry the day.

The game was to end with three red cards splashed to Bidco coach Anthony Akhulia, and to City Stars stopper Salim Abdalla and Bidco left-back Lambert Oyuga after a brawl.

Despite the loss, City Stars remains ninth on the log with 38 points with Bidco back at eleventh but with an improved haul of 35 points.

Next up for City Stars is an away game to log leaders Tusker on Friday 30 July starting 3 pm.

Lineups: 

Nairobi City Stars: 23. Stephen Njunge, 19. Kevin Okumu, 22. Wycliffe Otieno, 4. Salim Abdalla, 26. Bolton Omwenga, 3. Charles Otieno (28. Herit Mungai Atariza-46) , 30. Anthony Kimani, 2. Elvis Noor Ojiambo, 27. Azizi Okaka (20. Timothy Ouma-46), 11. Davis Agesa (5. Wesley Onguso-88), 17. Nicholas Kipkirui (32. Ezekiel Odera-42)

Unused subs: 1. Elvis Ochoro, 9. Vincent Otieno Okoth, 15. John Kamau, 12. Edwin Buliba, 8. Calvin Masawa

Coach: John Amboko

Bidco United: 1. Omar Adisa, 6. Kassim Mwinyi, 12. Lambert Oyuga, 24. Antony Simasi, 27. Collins Okumu, 31. Peter Nzuki, 7. Alex Juma (20. Nelson Chieta-86), 30. Anthony Gathu (Captain), 28. Eric Gichimu (8. Steven Okiro-86), 19. David Orem, 25. David Gateri (11. Batts Awita-86)

Unused subs: 35. Brian Opondo, 16. Geoffrey Gitau, 40. Wilson Anekeya, 14. Stephen Obukui, 15. Hillary Shirao,

Coach: Anthony Akhulia

Bookings

Nairobi City Stars: 3. Charles Otieno (24-yellow), 32. Azizi Okaka (32-yellow), 4. Salim Abdalla (74-yellow, 90+ – red)

Bidco United: 30. Anthony Simasi (62-yellow), 1. Zamu Adisa (70-yellow), Coach Anthony Akhulia (88-red), 12. Lambert Oyuga (90+ – Red)

Oliver Maloba on the ball against Bidco in the quarters of Betway Cup on Thur 10 June 2021 at Ruaraka grounds. Bidco United won 1-0
Oliver Maloba on the ball against Bidco in the quarters of Betway Cup on Thur 10 June 2021 at Ruaraka grounds. Bidco United won 1-0

Four changes for Bidco United clash

Four changes reflect on the roster of players that forced a 0-0 draw away to Vihiga United as Nairobi City Stars train their guns on Bidco United in a premier league matchday 28 on Monday 26 July 2021 at Ruaraka starting 3 pm.

Coach John Amboko has included keeper Elvis Ochoro, utility back Edwin Buliba and left-footed pair of John Kamau and Herit Mungai to his setup for the game.

The four takeup slots vacated by Jacob Osano, stopper Kenedy Onyango who is suspended for the game, mid kingpin Peter Opiyo who is out due to a slight knock from the Vihiga game, and flyer Rodgers Okuse Okumu who takes a rest.

Tracking back to the first leg game between the two back in December 2020, the changes total seven.

Midfielders Oliver Maloba and Sven Yidah who featured started the game then are out with the Kenya U23 team in Ethiopia for the CECAFA Championship.

Besides Kenedy and Opiyo, also out from the first leg squad is Jimmy Bageya who has since left the club.

Fullbacks Kevin Okumu and Bolton Omwenga will be the new faces for the Monday game alongside left-back Wesley Onguso, defensive-mid Charles Otieno, forwards Davis Agesa and Nicholas Kipkiru, as well as Kamau.

20-man squad to face Bidco United

Goalkeepers: 1. Elvis Ochoro (GK), 23. Steve Njunge (GK),

Defenders: 26. Balton Omwenga, 5. Wesley Onguso, 4. Salim Abdalla, 8. Calvin Masawa, 19. Kevin Okumu, 22. Wycliffe Otieno, 28. Herit Mungai Atariza, 12. Edwin Buliba

Midfielders: 30. Anthony Kimani, 3. Charles Otieno, 2. Elvis Noor Ojiambo, 20. Timothy Noor Ouma, 27. Azizi Okaka, 15. John Kamau,

Strikers: 17. Nicholas Kipkirui , 11. Davis Agesa, 32. Ezekiel Odera, 9. Vincent Otieno Okoth

Not considered: 6. Ronney Kola, 14. Rowland Makati (both on loan at Nairobi Stima), 18. Sven Yidah & 21. Oliver Maloba (out on U23 CECAFA duty), 16. Jacob Osano (GK) 24. Erick Ombija (compassionate leave, 25. Kenedy Onyango (suspended), 29. Ebrima Sanneh (injury), 7. Rodgers Okumu (rest), 10. Peter Opiyo (injury)