July 3, 2022 Patrick Korir

2021/22 FKF Premier League: Coach Nicholas Muyoti’s comments

Nicholas Muyoti flanked by keeper trainer Zachary Onyango, and assistant coach John Amboko

A 2-2 draw against FC Talanta on Sunday 12 June 2022 at Kasarani Annex brought Nairobi City Stars 2021/22 FKF Premier League season to a close.

After the season finale, Simba wa Nairobi wrapped the season with 49 points to end up a record-high fifth on the 18-team log.

Comparatively, it was an improved season from the last one as the team managed one extra win to hit 14, and draw to make it 10 from nine, and lost a game less to make it 10, to finish with four points and two positions better.

14 wins in the season meant City Stars matched the most wins registered in the top flight that was achieved back in the 2005-6 season.

It has to be noted that Nicholas Muyoti who joined the side at the beginning of the season from Kakamega Homeboyz had broken that record had a 3-0 win over Mathare United not been expunged from the standings following the expulsion of the side for skipping three consecutive games during the second leg.

That not only denied Muyoti the record but a 52-point finish at the end of the season.

Looking back at the season that was, Muyoti shared his comments;

“Being my first season with the team I must say we did well. It was an improved performance from last season though I feel we had the capability to do better,” started Muyoti

“We had a bad start then we picked up and at some point, we were title contenders but we Just didn’t have enough character and resilience to push and go for the title,”

During the season Muyoti exhausted his playing unit handing playtime to 30 of 31 players which included handing premier league debuts to keepers Jacob Osano, Elvis Ochoro, midfielders Rowland Makati, Mohammed Bajaber, and City Stars debuts to Dennis Wanjala, Lennox Ogutu, Michael Madoya, and Augustine Kuta.

“I am happy with the overall performance of the team, all the players got an opportunity to play apart from injured Ronnie Kola. Some were very impressive and others couldn’t take the opportunity to become regulars in the team,”

“Osano was outstanding in goal, keeping as many (13) clean sheets, (Herit) Mungai had improved performance, Sven (Yidah), (Anthony) Kimani, (Peter) Opiyo, and Timothy (Ouma) were outstanding in midfield.

“But any time they were out of the team we struggled. (Oliver) Maloba and Rodgers (Okumu) did well but were not consistent, and (Ezekiel) Odera our top scorer did great,”

“The technical staff did well, though with a few shortcomings, and we look forward to improving in the next season,”

“The management played her part and we owe it to them, allowances and salaries were paid on time unlike most of the teams in the league,”

“We thank the fans for their support as they really pushed the team regardless of where we played. We hope they will continue with the same spirit.

“Generally I thank God for an improved performance and hope to do better next season.” concluded Muyoti

Muyoti, City stars

Head coach Nicholas Muyoti swings instructions to midfielder Peter Opiyo (no. 10) and winger John Kamau (no. 15) during a tough away game to Kakamega Homeboyz in Bukhungu on Thur 20 Jan 2022. The game ended 4-4

Muyoti, Jackson

Nicholas Muyoti being unveiled as the new Nairobi City Stars coach by club chair Jonathan Jackson

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