City Stars Coach utilises Premier League break to resolve costly frailities among his charges

Wednesday, March 30th, 2022 04:33 | By
Sylester Owino of Kakamega Homeboyz (left) battles for the ball against Salim Abdallah of Nairobi City Stars during their FKF-PL match played at Ruaraka Stadium in January. PHOTO/File

Nairobi City Stars Head Coach Nicholas Muyoti is out to fix a concern during the ongoing recess in the Premier League games ahead of the team’s next assignment against Bandari on April 2 at Tusker grounds in Ruaraka. 

In their last game on March 17 before the recess, City Stars went down 1-0 to Bandari at Mbaraki Sports Club and conceded the goal at the stroke of halftime. 

Commenting on the match, Muyoti said there are some frailties that they will need to fix before the resumption and which were discernible during the loss to Bandari. 

“We didn’t create much in the final third, though our build-up was good and we managed to get set pieces but didn’t make use of them,” 

He added: “Defensively we did well, but conceded through lack of marking and not being able to track the opponent. We need to work on tightening our defence and create more opportunities to score goals,’’. 

In the last three league games, City Stars played without lead striker Ezekiel Odera who is the leading on the team’s scorers’ chart with six goals. 

Odera, who has previously turned out for Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards and KCB among others, is now available for City Stars’ upcoming games. 

Plunder goals

However, during Odera’s absence, the likes of equally experienced Peter “Pinchez”Opiyo and Sven Yidah have been able to plunder goals thus enabling Stars to remain steadily on course for the title. 

Muyoti admits his availability will be key for the remainder of the league games. 

 “Odera will be back. We missed him in the last three matches. His leadership from the front has been lacking. His comeback will be a big morale booster.” concluded Muyoti. 

Simba wa Nairobi as Nairobi City Stars are nicknamed, are considered one of the red-hot favourites’ for the top tier league title. 

City Stars are currently in the third position in the chart with 38 points, behind second-placed Tusker (41 points) and the table-topping Kakamega Homeboyz with a total of 49 points to their name. 

Earlier in the season, the team’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Patrick Korir said their target was to wind up in the top five positions. 

However, Simba wa Nairobi seems to have exceeded expectations and looking at the statistics among the front-runners, it is not too much to ask for the Kawangware-based side to bag their maiden KPL title. 

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