Towering Elly Kessy Osotsi during the Elite Cup tournament at Kasarani Annex in September 2022. 

Photo credit - Hassan Mandevu
Towering Elly Kessy Osotsi during the Elite Cup tournament at Kasarani Annex in September 2022. Photo credit - Hassan Mandevu

Osotsi among three changes for Talanta clash

Six-foot-four stopper Elly Kessy Osotsi is in line for his top-flight debut after being named in the 18-man squad to face FC Talanta in a third-round 2022/23 FKF Premier League match in Ruaraka on Sunday 4 December 2022 starting 3 pm.

Other than centreback Osotsi, formerly of Kangemi All-Stars, left-back Dennis Decha Wanjala, and goalkeeper Elvis Ochoro made the squad for the first time this season.

The trio takes up the places of right and left fullback Calvin Masawa, defensive mid-cum-stopper Ronney Kola, and goalkeeper Stephen Njunge who were part of the last squad that lost to Tusker at the same venue last Sunday.

While Masawa and Kola featured in the game, Njunge made the bench.

Squad to face FC Talanta

Goal Keepers: 1. Elvis Ochoro, 16. Jacob Osano

Defenders: 4. Elly Kessy Osotsi,  12. Edwin Buliba, 14. Rowland Makati, 25. Kenedy Onyango, 26. Dennis Wanjala, 28. Herit Mungai

Midfielders: 2. Elvis Noor Ojiambo, 10. Peter Opiyo, 15. Newton Ochieng, 17. Daniel Odhiambo, 18. Clifford Ouma, 21. Oliver Maloba, 30. Kevin Kimani

Strikers: 9. Vincent Otieno Okoth, 22. Samuel Kapen, 32. Ezekiel Odera

Out:  5. Timothy Muganda, 6. Ronney Kola,  7. Pius Omachi, 8. Calvin Masawa, 11. Andrew Kisilu, 20. Kelvin Etemesi,  23. Stephen Njunge, 31. Mohammed Bajaber

Coach: Nicholas Muyoti

Photo credit – Hassan Mandevu

Sven Yidah going for goal in the 36th minute against F Talanta in Kasarani Annex on Sat 8 Jan 2022. His goal added to Muki's for City Stars to register a 2-1 win
Sven Yidah going for goal in the 36th minute against F Talanta in Kasarani Annex on Sat 8 Jan 2022. His goal added to Muki's for City Stars to register a 2-1 win

Head-to-head: Nairobi City Stars (H) vs FC Talanta (A): 2022-23 FKF Premier League season

For only the second time in the Kenyan Premier League, Nairobi City Stars will host FC Talanta in a third-round tie in Ruaraka on Sunday 4 December 2022 starting 3 pm.

The upcoming tie will be the third overall between the two in Kenya’s apex league, but the first ever in Ruaraka.

Simba wa Nairobi first hosted FC Talanta during the 2021-22 season-ender at Kasarani Annex.

Set-piece goals by Ezekiel Odera (penalty) and Peter Opiyo (freekick) on either half, that sandwiched FC Talanta’s two quickfire goals by Michael Jairo and a penalty by Francis Kahiro at the start of the second half, settled the 34th and final game of that season. It ended 2-2.

Once again, head coach Nicholas Muyoti will be coming up against his counterpart Ken Kenyatta.

While City Stars carries a loss against Tusker from their last encounter, FC Talanta comes to the duel with a 2-2 draw against Kariobangi Sharks in their season-opener. They sat out match day two.

Summary

City Stars home games vs FC Talanta; Wins (0), Draws (1), Loses (0). Total – 1

12-Jun-22; City Stars vs FC Talanta, 2-2 (D)
04-Dec-22; City Stars vs FC Talanta, ??

Timothy Muganda joins City Stars from Mara Sugar
Timothy Muganda joins City Stars from Mara Sugar

Timothy Muganda the final signing

Stopper Timothy Muganda Oduor is a confirmed signing at Nairobi City Stars for the 2022-23 FKF Premier League season.

Muganda who formerly turned out for Soy United joins from his last official club Mara Sugar FC. He becomes the ninth and final off-season recruit.

“I am happy at the chance Nairobi City Stars has handed me to feature in the Premier League. This is a big opportunity and I wish to make the most out of it.”

Muganda will contest the central defense positions with another newcomer Elly Kessy Osotsi, the seasoned Kenedy Vidic Onyango, and Edwin Buliba.

Other than Muganda and Osotsi, the other new faces that arrived as Simba wa Nairobi in the ended transfer window include; Samuel KapenClifford OumaNewton OchiengAndrew KisiluKelvin EtemesiDaniel Odhiambo, and Pius Omachi.

Muganda was active for City Stars in the offseason where he featured in 13 of 18 games on his way to clocking 1,036 minutes.

He will don jersey number 5 which was owned last season by Michael Madoya.

Samuel Kapen during the Elite Cup fnal in Nyayo on 1 OCt 2022

Photo credit - Hassan Mandevu
Samuel Kapen during the Elite Cup fnal in Nyayo on 1 OCt 2022 Photo credit - Hassan Mandevu

Tusker 4 Nairobi City Stars 1

Home team Tusker came from behind to see off visiting Nairobi City Stars 4-1 in a second-round 2022-23 FKF Premier League tie played in Ruaraka on Sunday 27 November 2022.

Samuel Kapen opened the scoring in the third minute for Simba wa Nairobi with a power header off Herit Mungai’s corner kick.

Two minutes later Deo Ojok leveled, then sent Tusker 2-1 up with a second goal in the 39th minute.

Ojok completed his hat trick a minute to the hour mark, then substitute Jackson Macharia added a final one with a minute to full time to complete the turnaround.

Next up for City Stars is a home game against FC Talanta at the same venue on Sunday 4 December starting 3 pm.

Lineups

Nairobi City Stars: 16. Jacob Osano, 28. Herit Mungai, 6. Ronney Kola, 25. Kenedy Onyango, 8. Calvin Masawa, 10. Peter Opiyo (87. Clifford Ouma-87), 2. Elvis Noor, 15. Newton Ochieng (21. Oliver Maloba-59), 30. Anthony Kimani, 22. Samuel Kapen (74. Daniel Odhiambo-74), 32. Ezekiel Odera (9. Vincent Otieno-59)

Unused subs: 23. Stephen Njunge, 12. Edwin Buliba, 14. Rowland Makati,

Tusker: 34. Patrick Matasi-Captain, 12. Isaac Kipyegon, 24. DanielSakari, 25. Boniface Onyango, 27. Charles Momanyi, 30. Humphrey Mieno-Captain, 7. Eric Zakayo (24. Smai Kibwana-82), 23. Rodgers Ouma, 13. Deogratious Ojok (David Majak-82), 14. Saphan Siwa (16. Jackson Macharia-55), 11. Lawrence Luvanda (Eric Mmata-55)

Unused Subs: Brian Bwire, Kevin Monyi, Clyde Senaji, Apollo Otieno, Stewart Omondi,

Coach: Robert Matano

City Stars defensive midfielder Clifford Ouma in action against MCF during Elite Cup Tournament in KAsarani in Sep 2022

Photo credit - Hassan Mandevu
City Stars defensive midfielder Clifford Ouma in action against MCF during Elite Cup Tournament in KAsarani in Sep 2022 Photo credit - Hassan Mandevu

Clifford Ouma in line for debut against Tusker FC

Defensive midfielder Clifford Ouma is the only change to the squad that lost to Bidco United 2-0 in the season-opener last weekend as Nairobi City Stars plots for Champions Tusker in Ruaraka on Sunday 22 November 2022 starting 3 pm.

Clifford, the immediate former Migori Youth skipper, takes up the position on premier league debutant Kelvin Etemesi who takes a rest.

Any minutes for Clifford in the upcoming tie n Ruaraka will elevate his football status from the National Super League to a Premiership player.

Save for his entry, the other 17 players considered against Bidco United maintained their positions.

Squad to face Tusker FC

Goal Keepers: 16. Jacob Osano, 23. Stephen Njunge

Defenders: 8. Calvin Masawa, 12. Edwin Buliba, 14. Rowland Makati, 25. Kenedy Onyango, 28. Herit Mungai,

Midfielders: 2. Elvis Noor Ojiambo, 6. Ronney Kola, 10. Peter Opiyo, 15. Newton Ochieng, 17. Daniel Odhiambo, 18. Clifford Ouma, 21. Oliver Maloba, 30. Kevin Kimani

Strikers: 9. Vincent Otieno Okoth, 22. Samuel Kapen, 32. Ezekiel Odera

Out: 1. Elvis Ochoro, 4. Elly Kessy Osotsi, 5. Timothy Muganda, 7. Pius Omachi, 11. Andrew Kisilu, 20. Kelvin Etemesi,  25. Dennis Wanjala, 31. Mohammed Bajaber

Coach: Nicholas Muyoti

Photo credit – Hassan Mandevu