Defensive mid-Ronney Kola is excited about the role he played as Nairobi City Stars stopped Gor Mahia 3-1 in a friendly at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday 13 November 2022.
In the game, Kola, a natural defensive midfielder, was deployed as a stopper and played to the left of seasoned Kenedy Onyango.
In spite of the unfamiliar role, Kola was almost faultless in his new role.
According to statistics provided by Tisini, a composed Kola, other than doing a center-backs role, strung 43 (of 46) complete passes that equate to 93% success rate as he built play from the back.
“He did very well. His composure and confidence was top notch,” said head coach Nicholas Muyoti
“Generally, he was very impressive and fitted very well as a centre-back. He however needs to work on his speed and insight,” pointed Muyoti
Kola, a former Kenya School of Government player, is hoping for more games to showcase his capabilities.
“It was my first tough game as a center back, my first game at Nyayo, and the first ever against Gor Mahia,”
“It was a very good game but at first I was very nervous. Then slowly I settled into the game since I believe in myself and I know my capabilities,”
“I am happy that I managed the task at hand on the day. I pray for an injury-free season as I hope to earn many games.” added Kola
Due to injury, Kola is the only City Stars player that failed to feature in any premier league game last season. He has now fully recovered and has so far featured in 11 of 18 friendly games.