Newly promoted Kenya Police and Nairobi City Stars will face off for the first time ever in the Premier League on Saturday 16 October 2021 at Kasarani Annex starting 3 pm.
Police made a return to the topflight, for their second appearance time since 1981, after finishing second in the National Super League (NSL) accompanying champions FC Talanta.
While it will be the first meeting ever in the topflight, Police and City Stars are not new to each other.
Since dropping down to the second tier in the 2017 season, City Stars and Police have met eight times across four seasons.
City Stars has picked two wins, a double in the 2019/20 season, lost twice, and drawn the other four games.
In away games to Police, the first two games have ended in barren draws while the third, played on 17 April 2019, was later awarded 2-0 to Police after the game was abandoned in the second half due to City Stars protestation of an awarded penalty.
At the point of abandonment, the game was tied 1-1 after David Oluoch canceled out a first-half Ebrima Sanneh’s header after the restart.
Further to the points’ award following a hearing, a City Stars coach, goalkeeper, and defender were slapped with three-month bans for allegedly leading to the abandonment of the game.
In the final away game to Police, still at Karuturi, City Stars came from a goal down to lead 2-1 at halftime before going on to register a 3-2 win, their first-ever win over Police.
The first away game for City Stars was handled by coach Robert Matano while the next two were under coach John Amboko who is currently an assistant coach.
The final one, the 3-2 win, was under Bosnian Sanjin Alagic.
The historic clash on Saturday evening is now on new coach Nicholas Muyoti who will be coming face to face with City Stars former coach and Kebyan legend John Bobby Ogola on the Police side.
KPL games – None
NSL games – City Stars away to Police
8-Apr-17; Kenya Police vs City Stars, 0-0 (D)
29-Sep-18; Kenya Police vs City Stars, 0-0 (D)
17-Apr-19; Kenya Police vs City Stars, 2-0 (L)-awarded
6-Oct-19; Kenya Police vs City Stars, 2-3 (W)
16 Oct 21; Kenya Police vs City Stars, ?
NSL games – City Stars at home
18-Sep-17; City Stars vs Kenya Police, 0-3 (L)
7-May-18: City Stars vs Kenya Police, 1-1 (D)
16-Jan-19; City Stars vs Kenya Police, 1-1 (D)
29-Feb-20; City Stars vs Kenya Police, 2-1 (W)