Asenwa
Robinson Asenwa in action against Muranga SEAL on Wed 1 Nov 2023 durng a matchday 9 2023/4 FKF Premier League tie

Robinson Asenwa talks up debut premier league season

Coming straight out of third tier side Vapor Sports to the Kenya premier league, forward Robinson Asenwa never imagined he could find his footing almost immediately in the just ended 2024-25 FKF season with Nairobi City Stars.

But he did, featuring in 29 of the 34 league games on his way to clocking 1,788 regular game minutes on his debut in the Kenyan topflight.

“Thanks to God and the team for giving me the opportunity and trusting in me. Last season was a learning curve for me as a new player in the league,”

“I also thank the team coaches for giving me the chance to feature for the team and I attribute the performance that I had to them as well as my teammates as a whole,”

Asenwa scored four goals and had six assists, and three progressive passes. He made his debut on matchday three against Gor Mahia at Kasarani, and went on to score his maiden goal against Muranga SEALS on match day nine. He also scored against AFC Leopards, Bandari and FC Talanta.

“Going by last season, I am more ambitious heading to next season because of the lessons I learnt. I have goals to achieve, mostly personal targets, but all geared towards elevating the team to it’s set objectives for the new season.”

“I scored each of my four goals from four different positions upfront; playing out on either flank, as a point man, and as an attacking midfielder. I believe I can top up on that figure come because of my dynamism.” added Asenwa

He was twice named as an MVP after games against Tusker in the first leg, and against Bidco United in the second leg.

At the league level, Asenwa made it to the team of the week once during matchday 17 tie against FC Talanta in Ruaraka.

City Stars
Dennis Oalo celebrates his winning goal against Ulinzi Stars during an FKF Matchday 15 tie in Ulinzi Complex on Sun 17 Dec 2023. City Stars won 2-1

Dennis Oalo’s take on second leg

Forward Dennis Oalo superbly slammed home a beauty of a goal on Saturday 9 March 2024 as Nairobi City Stars hosted Bidco United in Machakos during a 24th round FKF Premier League match.

The goal, his fourth this season, ended a three-month drought, as he topped up on his last one – a winner against Ulinzi Stars – in mid December 2023.

Though it his goal was as good a game winner, it turned out to be a point earner as Bidco left it late to tie the game at 1-1.

“I am happy to have found the back of the net once again,” said Oalo

“We are onto the second leg where all games are always tough. When you earn a point during this period it’s a great achievement,”ย 

“I’ll be actively seeking for more (goals) in the upcoming games to hep the team scale up the standings,” he added

Oalo scored against Gor Mahia and Tusker during the first leg before coming off the bench to win for City Stars against Ulinzi Stars in December.

Away from goals, he has two assists, and has been fielded 21 times this season and has clocked 1,210 regular time minutes.

Forward Dennis Oalo celebrates his goal against Bidco United in Machakos during a matchday 24 FKF Premier League tie on Sat 9 March 2024
Forward Dennis Oalo celebrates his goal against Bidco United in Machakos during a matchday 24 FKF Premier League tie on Sat 9 March 2024

MD24: Nairobi City Stars 1 Bidco United 1

A goal in added time by Jacob Onyango is what Bidco United needed to force Nairobi City Stars to a 1-1 draw in Machakos during a 24th round, 2023-24 FKF Premier League tie on Saturday 9 March, 2024.

Simba wa Nairobi had taken a 41st minute lead through Dennis Oalo – his fourth of the season – after being teed up by Robinson Asenwa.

Asenwa who registered his sixth assist of the season, was later named man of the match.

The weekend result matched the first leg score of 1-1 when the two sides faced off in matchday two in Kasarani Annex back in September 2023.

With a point, City Stars improved to 39 points to temporarily move from sixth to fifth spot while Bidco moved up to 32 points and to the tenth spot.

Next up for City Stars will be an away trip to Muhoroni Youth after a recess of three weeks, on Sunday 7 April 2024.

Lineups

Nairobi City Stars: 1. Edwin Mukolwe, 30. Rowland Makati, 8. Calvin Masawa-Captain, 15. Wycliffe Omondi, 26. Dennis Wanjala, 25. Shem Oluoch(18. Clifford Ouma-64), 31. Abuyeka Kubasu (2. Elvis Noor-76), 5. Newton Ochieng (19. Vincent Owino-64 ), 3. Robinson Asenwa, 10. Dennis Oalo (17. Brian Mose- 88), 9. Mohammed Bajaber (22. Samuel Kapen-76),

Unused subs: 23. Byron OWino, 21. Yuto Kusaba, 24. Rogers Obusu, 27. Gilbert Abala

Coach: Nicholas Muyoti

Bidco United: 35. Daniel Odiwuor, 4. David Kalama, 8. Lameck Oloo, 15. Gabriel Wandera, 31. Peter Nzuki (33. Kelvin Mwaura-88), 21. Said Tsuma, 2. Jacob Onyango-captain, 10. Chris Opondo (19. Eric Michibu-57), 28. Douglas Mokaya (27. Ezekiel Okare-57), 22. Clinton Asiago (13. Emmanuel Mogaka-57), 38. Brian Mboya (11.John Kelwish-57)

Unused subs: 1. Melvin Nderitu, 3. Thomas Wainaina, 6. Kassim Mwinyi, 14. Michael Omondi, 24. John Owira,

Coach: Anthony Akhulia

Cautions
Nairobi City Stars: 8. Calvin Masawa (54), 15. Wycliffe Omondi (86), 19. Vincent Owino (90+)
Bidco United:

Goals
Nairobi City Stars: 10. Dennis Oalo (41)
Bidco United: 2. Jacob Onyango (90+4)

 

City Stars, Buliba
Edwin Buliba up against Titus Wainaina as Nairobi City Stars took on Bidco United on Tue 7 Mar 2023 in KAsarani Annex during matchday 18. It ended 0-0

Head-to-head: Nairobi City Stars (H) vs Bidco United (A): 2023-24 FKF-PL season

Nairobi City Stars will host Thika-based Bidco United on Saturday 9 March 2024 in Machakos Stadium starting at 1 p.m. during a 24th round, 2023-24 FKF Premier League tie.ย 

It will be the fourth home game for Simba wa Nairobi against Bidco United in the Kenyan topflight, and overall, the eighth meeting at that level.

Yet, it will be the first meeting for the two out in Machakos. The last time City Stars hosted Bidco United was on 22 November 2022 in Nyayo Stadium during the season opener in the 2022-23 FKF Premier League season. Bidco United won it 2-0.

From the previous three home games, Bidco United topples City Stars with two wins to one, scoring four goals against three.

Earlier this season, the two faced off in matchday two in Kasarani Annex in early September 2023. It ended in a 1-1 draw.

Once again, City Stars head coach Nicholas Muyoti will be coming up against Bidco’s Anthony Akhulia for the fifth time in the top league.ย For Akhulia, it will be his eighth premier league game against City Stars.

Heading to the match, both sides will parade draws from their previous round of games. While City Stars shows up with a 0-0 draw against Kariobangi Sharks, Bidco United will show up with a 1-1 draw against Sofapaka.

Tablewise, Simba wa Nairobi sits sixth on the log with 38 points, seven better than tenth-placed Bidco United.

Who wins this one?

Summary

City Stars Home games vs Bidco United-3: City Stars win (1), Bidco win (2), Draws (0)

25-Jul-21;ย Nairobi City Stars vs Bidco United, 1-2
24-Oct-21;ย Nairobi City Stars vs Bidco United, 2-0
20-Nov-22; Nairobi City Stars vs Bidco United, 0-2
09-Mar-24; Nairobi City Stars vs Bidco United, ??

Brian Mose, Rogers Obusu out of the tunnel during a previous game against Shabana in Machakos Stadium on Sat 4 Feb 2024
Brian Mose, Rogers Obusu out of the tunnel during a previous game against Shabana in Machakos Stadium on Sat 4 Feb 2024

Three changes against Bidco United

Keeper Byron Owino, teen defender Rogers Obusu Wasega, and forward Brian Mose have all been included in the Nairobi City Stars squad to face Bidco United in a 24th round, 2023-24 FKF Premier League match in Machakos on Saturday 9 March 2024 starting at 1 p.m.

All three missed the last game against Kariobangi Sharks but are now back in the 20-man squad for the upcoming clash.

Byron takes up the place of Elvis Ochoro as Wasega and Mose slot in for centerbacks Timothy Muganda and Sosthenes Idah who are both out due to cautions suspension.

Regular Andrew Kisilu sits out a second game due to an injury, as well as wideman Pius Omachi and defender Edwin Buliba who are nursing knocks. Forward Kelvin Etemesi who had been ill is currently in the final stages of his recovery.

Squad to face Bidco United

Goalkeepers: 1. Edwin Mukolwe, 23. Byron Owino,

Defenders: 8. Calvin Masawa, 15. Wycliffe Omondi, 24. Rogers Obusu, 26. Dennis Wanjala, 30. Rowland Makati

Midfielders:ย 2. Elvis Noor,ย  5. Newton Ochieng,ย  6. Shem Odinga, 18. Clifford Ouma, 19. Vincent Owino,ย  31. Abuyeka Kubasu

Forwards: 3. Robinson Asenwa, 9. Mohammed Bajaber, 10. Dennis Oalo, 17. Brian Mose, 22. Samuel Kapen, 21. Yuto Kusaba, 27. Gilbert Abala

Out:ย  4. Timothy Muganda,ย  7. Pius Omachi, 11. Andrew Kisilu, 12. Edwin Buliba, 13. Elvis Ochoro, 20. Kelvin Etemesi, 32. Sosthenes Idah

Coach:ย Nicholas Muyoti