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Bagaye, Nairobi City Stars part ways on mutual consent

By Barry Silah
Tuesday, January 26th, 2021
Jimmy Bagaye in City Stars colours during a recent league match. Photo/PD/DAVID NDOLO
In summary

Nairobi City Stars’ Ugandan striker Jimmy Bagaye has left the club once again by mutual consent, ending his long stint with the Kawangware-based club.

The offensive midfielder leaves on a high having guided the club to promotion from the second tier after four seasons.

Bagaye joined City Stars back in 2009 and will be remembered for scoring the clubs first league goal after it was renamed from World Hope (against AFC Leopards) at Hope Centre in February of that year while playing under German coach Oliver Page.

He would move away from City Stars on a few occasions to sample greener pastures but always returned.

“Jimmy informed us that he had personal issues to attend to, that were a hindrance to his optimal performance at the club hence the mutual agreement that we part ways,” said club Chief Executive Patrick Korir.

He added: “He had very good experience and was our big game player. It therefore goes without saying that we wish him the very best as he addresses his immediate concerns so that he can focus on his future football challenges.”

In July 2019 the diminutive goal getter returned to City Stars for the sixth time in what turned out to be their final year at the National Super League (NSL), and guided the team to promotion with a contribution of five goals, one assist and two Man of the Match (MOTM) accolades.

With 23 goals from 130 games in seven KPL seasons, Bagaye was City Stars fourth best Premier League top scorer after Justus Basweti, Francis Thairu (27 goals) and Arthur Museve (25).

In the current season, he featured in two games as a substitute against Bandari where he came out with an important assist, and against Vihiga United, to clock 132 Premier League games over eight seasons with City Stars.