Forward Pius Omachi became the ninth Nairobi City Stars player to earn a Kenyan Premier league debut this season after coming on for Andrew Kisilu against Gor Mahia on Saturday 4 February in Kasarani during a match day 14 tie.
Omachi was part of a triple sub in the 72nd minute and was accompanied to the pitch by Vincent Otieno and Elvis Noor who rested Ezekiel Odera and Peter Opiyo, respectively.
Omachi’s entry came after he had been on the bench in the last three league games against Mathare United, Wazito, and Bandari.
He became the eighth of nine new season recruits to step up to the top flight, and the 25th of 26 players registered for the season to feature in the league.
“The debut was not an easy one for me. I learned quite a lot in the few minutes that I earned,”
“I’ll be honest, I had stage freight. But know that I got a taste of the environment, I will be better in upcoming games,”
“I am now looking forward to clocking many more premier league minutes as we go along to help me fully adapt to the competitive platform.” said Omachi
Omachi, forced out of the entire preseason, and the first ten games due to injury, follows in the footsteps of newcomers Newton Ochieng, Kelvin Etemesi, and forward Daniel Odhiambo who all made their maiden topflight appearances in the season-opener against Bidco United.
Midfielder Ronney Kola, unused the whole of last season due to injury, also made his top-flight debut, as well as striker Samuel Kapen, made his Simba wa Nairobi bow the same day.
Defensive midfielder Clifford Ouma followed in the second game against Tusker and was joined by Kisilu in game four against Posta Rangers. Stopper Elly Kessy Osotsi then got his chance in game seven against AFC Leopards.
With Omachi up in the ranks of premier league players, stopper Timothy Muganda, injured in pre-season, is the only one yet to be fielded by City Stars this season.