March 30, 2020 Patrick Korir

Nairobi City Stars in numbers; Sep 2019 – Mar 2020

The Betika Super League (BSL) is at an indefinite standstill starting Monday 16 March 2020 due to an outbreak of Corona Virus. 

Following the pandemic, not only did the BSL stop, but all leagues country wide and most across the globe.

Two weeks into the forced break, we take a trip back to look at the numbers that defined Simba wa Nairobi’s season from 1st Sept 2019 to mid-March 2020 after 28 BSL rounds of play (27 actual played games);

0: Away losses from 13 outings

– Assist provided by keeper Levis Lovae Opiyo, striker Jimmy Bageya, defenders Calvin Masawa and Salim Shitu Abdalla
– MVP mentions for Charles Chale Oduro, Wesley Wiseman Onguso, Wycliffe Otieno, David Gateri and Bageya

– Goals scored by right back Kevin Chumsy Okumu
– Times Peter Pinchez Opiyo, his sibling Lovae and center back Shitu have been named MVPs
– Losses suffered in the season (1-0 and 3-1 at home to Kibera Black Stars and Coast Stima, respectively)
-Number of penalties saved by keeper Lovae

– Goals scored by striker Ezekiel Odera (in 6 games), Shitu and Anthony Muki Kimani
– Times Muki has been named MVP
– Assists by teenager striker Vincent Jamaica Otieno and Gateri

– Assists by fullbacks Chumsy  and Wiseman
– Goals scored by winger Gateri
– MVP mentions for striker Davis Agesa

– Goals scored by midfielder Oliver Maloba
– Assists by striker Agesa

– Goals scored by strikers Agesa and Bageya
– Times Maloba has been named MVP (highest);
– Maximum points (H+A) gathered from Shabana, Vihiga Bullets, Bidco United, Kenya Police, AP Bomet and Nairobi Stima

7: Penalties conceded; 2 vs Nairobi Stima (A), 1 each against Mt. Kenya (A), Vihiga United (A), Coast Stima (H), Admin Police (A), Kenya Police (H)

– Goals by Gambian striker Ebrima Sanneh; 6 headers, 1 placed goal, 1 tap-in and 1 penalty
– Number of 2-1 wins this season

10: Assists provided by Muki (highest); 5 free kicks, 2 corner kicks, 3 passes

11: Home games hosted at Camp Toyoyo, Jericho. Another 4 at Hope Centre, Kawangware

-Clean sheets (8 in 19 first leg games and four in eight second leg games)
-Debuts to Lovae, Shitu, Wiseman, Wycliffe, Nahashon Thiongo, Cornelius Mwangi, Elvis Ojiambo, Eric Cantona Ochieng, Jamaica (Sept 2019), Pinchez, Azizi Okaka, Jacob Osano (Jan, Feb 2020).

13: Unbeaten away games; 12 wins, 1 draw

14: One-goal margin wins [2-1 (9 games), 1-0 (5 games)]

18: Goals conceded (best defense in BSL)

– Number of wins this season
– Games captained by Muki

25: Squad for the second leg

32: Highest digit shirt no. Belongs to Ezekiel Odera

33: Players used this season

41: Age of UEFA Pro coach Sanjin Alagic from Bosnia

46: Total goals scored – by 13 players. Distribution; 13 tap-ins (28.3%), 10 placed goals (21.7%), 9 headers (19.6%), 8 shots (17.4%), 4 penalties (8.7%), 1 free kick (2.2%) and 1 own goal (2.2%)

57: Bookings; 53 yellow cards, 4 red cards – distributed to 17 players

64: Points attained this season

74: Minutes clocked by left footed John Kamau across three games in his second stint at City Stars

89.1 (%): Goals scored in open play (41 out of 46)

90.3 (%): Minutes (2,195) played by keeper Levis – second most used player

100 (%): Minutes clocked (2,430) by center back Shitu. The only player to play full minutes

Note: Of 27 games played this season by City Stars one does not count – a 6-0 win over Northern Wanderers on Sat 28 Sept 2019. The team has since been disbanded. However stats from that game are still included herein

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