Shabana will host Nairobi City Stars during a seventh-round 2023-24 FKF Premier League tie in Homa Bay Stadium on Sunday 22 October 2023 starting at 3 p.m.
— Official Nairobi City Stars Fc (@NrbCityStars) October 18, 2023
It will be a historic game at that as Nairobi City Stars has never set foot at the Homa Bay Stadium.
Shabana and City Stars have not met in the top flight since the year 2006 during a 26th-round tie during the 2005/6 Premier League season.
Shabana first played City Stars -then known as World Hope – in the top flight on 4 Feb 2006, and last hosted the same side back on 23 April 2006 in Gusii Stadium. Then, under coach Robert Matano, City Stars won the game 3-1. Evans Moody opened the scores for Shabana in the 20th minute but City stars rallied from behind with a brace by Samuel Ouma and a Geoffrey Okoth goal. That result was however reversed after City Stars was accused of fielding an illegible player.
On the time scale, the upcoming game comes 6,391 days from the last meeting between the two sides. Though it’s been over 17 years since the last premier league meeting, the two sides met four times between Dec 2018 and January 2020 while in the second tier, National Super League. City Stars won three of the four and lost once.
Heading to the Sunday game, Shabana is placed 13th on the log with six points, two points off Simba wa Nairobi who are tenth with eight points.
Only 1 day to Matchweek 7.
— FKF Premier League (@Officialfkfpl) October 20, 2023
However, Shabana heads to the game on the high of a 1-0 win over Tusker – their first win of the season – in the last round of games. City Stars lost by a similar margin against Kenya Police.
City Stars coach Nicholas Muyoti will be coming up against Sammy Okoth who got Shabana up to the big league at the end of last season after 17 seasons out.
Who wins this one?
KPL Games 2: Nairobi City Stars Wins (1), Draw (1)
Feb-06: World Hope Vs Shabana, City Stadium, 1-1 (D)
23-Apr-06: Shabana vs World Hope, Gusii Stadium 1-3 (W)
22-Oct-23: Shabana vs Nairobi City Stars, ??