Revised KPL fixtures released

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League (PL) has altered fixtures for the upcoming 2020/21 season.

As per tentative fixtures released in mid-October 2020, the league was to kick off on Friday 20 November, but that has since been pushed back by a week to Saturday 28 November.

Despite the changes, Nairobi City Stars will still kick off with a home game against Nzoia United but a week later; on Sunday 29 November 2020, starting 3pm at the Nyayo National Stadium.

In the earlier fixtures, City Stars, who are making a return to the big league after four-seasons out, were to play the next four fixtures against Western based sides; Zoo (Kericho), Vihiga United, Kakamega Homeboyz and Western Stima, in that order.

That has since changed and after the opener against Nzoia United, City Stars will now play KCB, Bandari, promoted Bidco United then Mathare United.

“We note the changes in the fixtures and are ok with it. The most important thing is that there is a good direction towards the league kick off and we are looking forward to our first game,” said team coordinator Samson Otieno

In the previous fixtures City Stars were to play eight games before the turn of the year but with the latest alterations the team will play four games then take aa two week break for the end-year festivities.

“We can see there’s a Christmas break and that is very considerate of the league managers We will return better refreshed in January to continue with the rest of the fixtures.” added Otieno

The new fixtures.

  1. Nairobi City Stars vs Nzoia United – Nyayo Stadium – Sun 29 Nov 2020, 3pm
  2. KCB vs Nairobi City Stars – Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos – Fri, 4 Dec 2020, 16.15pm. Live
  3. Nairobi City Stars vs Bandari – Nyayo Stadium – Fri 11 December 2020, 4pm. Live
  4. Bidco United vs Nairobi City Stars – Kenyatta Stadium – Fri 18 December 2020, 3pm. Live
  5. Nairobi City Stars vs Mathare United – Nyayo Stadium – Sat 2 Jan 2021, 2pm

Complete first leg fixtures

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City Stars striker Davis Agesa goes for the ball against a Gor player during a friendly played at Jamhuri grounds on Sat 21 Nov 2020. The two teams tied 1-1
City Stars striker Davis Agesa goes for the ball against a Gor player during a friendly played at Jamhuri grounds on Sat 21 Nov 2020. The two teams tied 1-1

Friendly: Mixed results against Posta Rangers, Gor Mahia

Nairobi City Stars went down 1-0 to Posta Rangers and drew 1-1 against multiple league champions Gor Mahia in friendly games played at Jamhuri Grounds on Saturday 21 November 2020.

In the first game of three on the day, City Stars were even with Rangers till late when striker Ezekiel Okare pounced on a spilled ball to sink in the loner.

In the second game, a second lot City Stars lost a penalty in the first half but still led 1-0 at half time before Gor Mahia rallied to share the spoils in the next half.

Skipper Anthony Muki Kimani saw his spot kick in the 16th minute, earned after fast Davis Agesa was felled in the box, hit the upright as City Stars missed the chance to go up.

City Stars however recovered from that penalty loss two minutes after the half hour mark when stopper Salim Abdalla headed home a pin-point cross from the left by Erick Ombija.

Into the second half, Gor forced a penalty two minutes after the restart, and skipper Kenneth Muguna beat keeper Steven Njunge for the leveler.

In the game played after, Posta Rangers went on to beat Gor Mahia 1-0 thanks to an Elijah Mwanzia goal in the first half.

After, City Stars head coach Sanjin Alagic denoted his satisfaction from his view of the two latest friendly games;

“Both City Stars teams really played well and I am satisfied at how each player gave a real push in the games. The level of play has gone up and I can now say we are good to go.”

Squads

Game 1

Posta Rangers: Buryne Omondi, Simon Mbugua (Otieno Opala), Hamisi Salim, Dickens Mwena, Yusuf Juma, Cavin Odongo (Peter Nganga), Kevin Otieno, William Odera, Ezekiel Okare (Bill Oporia), Eliud Lokuwam (Eliud Owalo), Ken Mutembei

Coach: Sammy Pamzo Omolo

City Stars: Jacob Osano (Elvis Ochoro), John Kamau, Wesley Onguso, Edwin Buliba, Calvin Masawa, Sven Yidah, Azizi Okaka, Rodgers Okumu, Timothy Ouma, Vincent Otieno, Ezekiel Odera

Coach: Sanjin Alagic (Bosnia)

Game 2

Gor Mahia: Gad Mathews, Charles Momanyi, Philemon Otieno, Andrew Juma, Kelvin Wesonga, Kenneth Muguna, Bernard Ondiek, John Ochieng (Sidney Ochieng), Sammy Onyango, Dickson Raila, Alpha Onyango

Coach: Roberto Oliveira Goncalves (Brazil)

City Stars: Steve Njunge, Herit Mungai, Kenedy Onyango (Edwin Buliba), Salim Abdallah, Wycliffe Otieno, Peter Opiyo, Elvis Ojiambo, Anthony Kimani (Vincent Otieno), Oliver Maloba, Erick Ombija (Rodgers Okumu), Davis Agesa

Coach: Sanjin Alagic (Bosnia)

Out for City Stars: Ebrima Sanneh, Yusuf Lubowa Mukisa, Charles Otieno (All injured), Rowland Makati, Ronney Kola (loan – Nairobi Stima), Jimmy Bageya (sick)

Ezekiel Odera in a duel with an Inter Base player during a friendly at the Public Service Club on Wednesday 11 November 2020. City Stars won 5-0. He scored City Stars last Premier League goal in 2016
Ezekiel Odera in a duel with an Inter Base player during a friendly at the Public Service Club on Wednesday 11 November 2020. City Stars won 5-0. He scored City Stars last Premier League goal in 2016

Recalling last KPL game

On this day – 19th November – back in 2016, Nairobi City Stars under Ugandan coach Richard Tamale Pinto hosted Sony Sugar at Ruaraka in their 320th and last Premier League game.

Visiting Sony Sugar won it 2-1 to hand City Stars their 17th loss in the 30-game season.

Sony scored a 67th minute opener via Joseph Omweri that Ezekiel Odera (pictured) cancelled out ten minutes to time.

But Boniface Muchiri confirmed there would be no share of spoils at the Ruaraka tuff when he planted home a goal at the death to hand Sony all three points.

Less than three weeks earlier, during the third last game of the season, City Stars lost it’s 12 year Premiership status after going down 3-1 to Kakamega Homeboyz at Kasarani.

While the Ruaraka game was dead rubber for City Stars, it was an important one for Sony as they went on to finish ninth ahead of Muhoroni Youth and Bandari.

Odera’s goal was the 304th and last topflight goal by City Stars.

He recalls that day as well as club legends Arthur Museve and skipper on that day John Amboko, now both retired and part of the current City Stars technical bench.

“As a player scoring a goal is always special but also scoring a meaningless goal doesn’t add any flavour. We were already relegated to the second tier and we were just playing for pride.” said Odera who rejoined City Stars in January 2020.

“It was a formality game. We had already been sent packing from the league and there was nothing much in it other than just completing our fixture for the season.” said Museve, the current trainer at City Stars

“After already being relegated the morale in the team was already low. I had already started entertaining the idea of hanging my boots and concentrate with my job,”

“I couldn’t take it playing in the lower league. So losing the last game against Sony was not the best way to do it. But I took everything positively. It took the persuasion of my former coach Robert Matano to bring me back to playing again.” added Amboko, currently an assistant coach at City Stars

The trio are however looking ahead to the exact opposite of what’s happened then as they prepare for their first Premier league game after a four year hiatus following the team’s promotion this year.

According to revised fixtures, City Stars were to host Nzoia United on Sunday 21 Nov 2020 at Nyayo Stadium. That has since been pushed back by a week.

“We are happy to be back and look forward to our first top flight game after four long years.” Said Odera

“Museve and I certainly played our last Premier league game against Sony four years back but I am keenly looking forward to a return to that same platform from a different capacity as a coach.” Said Amboko

“We are glad to be back and will want to avoid how it ended in 2016 with a good start.” Commented Museve

City Stars will play seven games by the turn of year, the first five games being against Western based sides Nzoia United, Zoo FC of Kericho, Vihiga United, Kakamega Homeboyz and Western Western Stima, in that order.

Lineups – 29 Nov 2016

Nairobi City Stars: 13. Victor Odhiambo, 5. Franklyn Osama (3. Mustapha Suma -77), 7. Robert Ndungú (4. Luis Masika-46), 8. Calvin Masawa, 18. Arthur Museve, 27. John Amboko, 15. Peter Wainaina, 19. Pa Mulie Jassey (10. Peter Musiime-77), 22. Festo Omukoto

Unused subs: 30.Ronny Kagunzi, 21. Oliver Maloba, 28. Idd Shikanda, 40. Benson Iregi

Coach: Richard Tamale Kiwanuka (Uganda)

Sony Sugar: 22. Kenedy Obwanda, 3. Samuel Olare, 13. Justine Omary, 17. Joseph Omweri, 24. Collins Kisuya (2. Marwa Chamberi-42), 10. Boniface Muchiri, 16, Nicholas Akoko (12. David Simiyu-55), 20. Victor Ademba, 23. Kevin Oluoch (35. Kevin Omondi-46), 9. Amos Asembeka, 19. Daniel Ochieng

Unused Subs: 26. Alfred Onyango, 27. Maxwell Wanjala, 21. Frederick Onyango, 7. Jeremiah Wanjala

Coach: Collins Omondi (Kenya)

Goals: Sony Sugar – Joseph Omweri (67), Boniface Muchiri (90), Nairobi City Stars – Ezekiel Odera (80)

Yellow: City Stars – Arthur Museve (20)

Match Officials: Peter Waweru (Centre ref), John Olando (AR1), Adam Juma (AR2), Agnetta Itubo (4th Official)

Anthony Kimani, Sven Yidah contest a ball against Mt. Kenya United players at Dagoretti High on Sat 14 Nov 2020. It ended 1-1
Anthony Kimani, Sven Yidah contest a ball against Mt. Kenya United players at Dagoretti High on Sat 14 Nov 2020. It ended 1-1

Friendly: Nairobi City Stars 1 Mt. Kenya United 1

Hosts Nairobi City Stars registered a 1-1 draw against second tier side Mt. Kenya United in a friendly game played at the Dagoretti High School on Saturday 14 November 2020.

Eric Ombija, a brace hero in the previous game against Inter Base, opened the scoring with a long-range strike mid through the second half.

However, right at the death, a spilled ball left Mt. Kenya’s Tevin Opondo with no option but to level to end the duel even.

Either side juggled their lineups in the second half to give playtime to as many players as possible.

Teams

City Stars: 23. Stephen Njunge (16. Jacob Osano), 22. Wycliffe Otieno (8. Calvin Masawa), 4. Salim Abdallah, 25. Kenedy Onyango, 28. Herit Mungai (5. Wesley Onguso), 18. Sven Yidah (2. Elvis Ojiambo), 10. Peter Opiyo, 9. Vincent Otieno (19. Jimmy Bageya), 21. Oliver Maloba (13. Rodgers Okumu), 30. Anthony Kimani (20. Timothy Ouma), 11. Davies Agesa (24. Eric Ombija)

Unused: 29. Ebrima Sanneh  (injured), 1. Elvis Ochoro (GK), 32. Ezekiel Odera, 6. Ronney Kola, 14. Rowland Makati, 12. Edwin Buliba, 27. Azizi Okaka, 3. Vincent Otieno Oduro, 17. Yusuf Lubowa Mukisa, 15. John Kamau

Mt. Kenya United

Team 1: Mike Kalemera, Joakim Omollo, Dan Okoth, Ben Odhiambo, Mark Otieno, Juma Jackson, Cain Okeyo, Kennedy Ayako, Leroy Otieno, Andrew Kisilu, Clement Masakidi

Team 2: Philip Odhiambo, Boniface Kimani, Foustine Odhiambo, Ricky Owimbo, Dan Okoth, Boaz Maeri, Josephat Lopanga, Ivan Tata, Tevin Opondo, Brian Andanje, Emanuel Ojwolo

Erick Ombija at Dagoretti High against Mt. Kenya United on Sat 14 Nov 2020. He scored once. The game ended 1-1

Jimmy Bageya shields the ball against Mt. Kenya players on Sat 14 Nov 2020 at Dagoretti High. The game ended 1-1

Timothy Ouma against Mt. Kenyua United on Sat 14 Nov 2020

Davis Agesa on the ball as Peter Opiyo looks on during a friendly against Mt. Kenya United on Sat 14 Nov 2020. It ended 1-1

Peter Opiyo on the ball against Mt. Kenya United players during a friendly on Sat 14 Nov 2020 at Dagoretti High School. It ended 1-1

Wycliffe Otieno in a game against Mt. Kenya United at Dagoretti High on Sat 14 Nov 2020

Oliver Maloba on the ball as Davis Agesa looks on during a friendly against Mt. Kenya United at Dagoretti High on Sat 14 Nov 2020. It ended 1-1

Nairobi City Stars at Dagoretti High during a game against Mt. Kenya United on Sat 14 Nov 2020

City Stars winger contests the ball with KCB's Martin Nderitu during a friendly on Wed 11 November 2020 at the Public Service Club. KCB won 1-0
City Stars winger contests the ball with KCB's Martin Nderitu during a friendly on Wed 11 November 2020 at the Public Service Club. KCB won 1-0

Friendly: Mixed results for City Stars at PSC

A loss and a win were the results when Simba wa Nairobi played two preseason games at Public Service Club on the afternoon of Wednesday 11 November 2020.

The first City Stars lot went down 1-0 to Premiership side KCB while the second team took down Inter base Combined, a united team from Kibera, 5-0.

In the first game, the bankers took a 23rd lead via new signing Derrick Otanga. The team protected that lead to the very end.

City Stars winger contests the ball with KCB’s Martin Nderitu during a friendly on Wed 11 November 2020 at the Public Service Club. KCB won 1-0

KCB keeper Gabriel Andika goes for the ball against Davis Agesa and Salim Abdallah during a friendly at Public Service Club on Wed 11 Nov 2020. KCB won 1-0

City Stars skipper Anthony ‘Muki’ Kimani keenly watched by KCB’s Harun Thomas during a friendly on Wed 11 Nov 2020 at Public Service Club. KCB won 1-0

In the game that followed, Erick Ombija scored a brace as Ezekiel Odera grabbed a hat trick.

City Stars were denied an early goal in the 17th minute when second former Dickens Omondi stopped an Erick Ombija penalty earned after Odera had forced a hand ball in the box off a defender.

The miss spurred the team on as not too long after as Odera buried a brace for a 2-0 lead at half time.

Ombija atoned for his penalty miss with two goals in the next half on either side of Odera’s cool finish that completed his treble.

Speaking after the game, head Coach Sanjin Alagic took home his lessons from the KCB loss;

“It was a very good friendly (KCB game). I saw wanted to see and I know know what I need to work on before the season kicks off.”

City Stars 1: Steve Njunge (GK), Herit Mungai, Salim Abdallah, Kenedy Onyango, Wycliffe Otieno, Sven Yidah (Elvis Ojiambo), Peter Opiyo, Anthony Kimani, Oliver Maloba (Vincent Otieno), Rodgers Okumu, Davis Agesa

Coach: Sanjin Alagic

KCB: Gabriel Andika (GK – Daniel Odiwuor), Brian Webo, Rama Walumbe, Haroun Thomas, Nahashon Alembi, Michael Mutinda, Simon Abuko (Anthony Abwao), Brian Ochieng (Vincent Wasambo), Derick Otanga (Henry Onyango), Samuel Mwangi (Martin Ndeirtu), Victor Omondi (Ian Mutinda)

Coach: Zedekiah Zico Otieno

Out for City Stars: Elvis Ochoro – GK (Kenya U20 National duty), Ebrima Sanneh, John Kamau (injuries)

Out for KCB: Baraka Badi & David Owino (National team duty), Victor Omune, Reagan Otieno, Enock Agwanda, Dennis Odhiambo, Moses Odhiambo, Joseph Okoth (GK)

City Stars 2: Jacob Osano, Wesley Onguso (Ronney Kola), Edwid Buliba, Yusuf Mukisa Lubowa, Calvin Masawa, Elvis Ojiambo (Rowland Makati), Timothy Ouma (Jimmy Bageya), Azizi Okaka, Vincent Otieno (Charles Otieno Oduro), Erick Ombija, Ezekiel Odera

Inter Base Combined: Dickens Omondi (GK), Seth Otate, Christopher Otieno, (Austine Oduor), Collins Omondi (Cprian Trio), Abdul Kagawa (Sunday Oliseh), Shawn Odhiambo, Dackton Luseno (John Mbulimo), Bref Ochieng (Moses Mwena), Fredrick Juma, Chris Gwambo, Festus Oduor (Steve Oduor)

City Stars winger Azizi Okaka seeks the ball against an Inter Base player during a friendly at Public Service Club on Wed 11 Nov 2020. City Stars won 5-0

Ezekiel Odera in a duel with an Inter Base player during a friendly at the Public Service Club on Wednesday 11 November 2020. City Stars won 5-0

City Stars skipper Calvin Masawa takes on an Interbase Combined player during a friendly on Wed 11 Nov 2020 at Public Service Club. City Stars won 5-0

City Stars winger Azizi Okaka going for the ball in against an Inter base player a friendly on Wed 11 Nov 2020 at Public Service Club. City Stars won 5-0