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Nairobi City Stars fired up ahead of resumption of FKF Premier League

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2023 01:45 | By
Newton Ochieng of Nairobi City Stars (L) vies for the ball against Baron Ochieng of Sofapaka FC during their FKF-PL match played at Kasarani Stadium, Annex Nairobi. PHOTO/Rodgers Ndegwa

Nairobi City Stars are seeking better fortunes upon the resumption of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League with possible fielding of unused talented player in goalkeeper Julius Ombacho.


The player is still hoping for his debut in top-tier league which had taken a break due to national team Harambee Stars involvement in the World Cup qualifiers.


Ombacho, who was signed in the offseason from third-tier side Luanda Villa, admits to there being challenges after switching levels but is keen on putting the right shift to earn league games.


“I featured in Division One and now I am in City Stars. So far, so good and I must say that collectively, we are putting our best foot forward in the league,”


“As for me, it has not been easy though. I came from the lower leagues and getting here means there is lots of competition,”


“On a personal level, I am putting in the effort for consideration, to earn that debut top-flight game, and feature in many more league games.” He added.


Ombacho has made the Simba wa Nairobi squad once this season, where he was an unused substitute in a game six match against Kenya Police.


Meanwhile, after sitting out game action for months, the team’s flyer Pius Omachi is now on the verge of making a full return. Omachi has been undergoing rehab since March 2023 after an injury rendered his 2022-23 FKF Premier League season over.


According to team Physio Brian Otieno Odongo, Omachi is now good to go.
“All he now needs is match fitness otherwise he has a clean bill of health,”
 “It’s been a journey since his injury back in March. Progressively, he has come through to a point he will soon start contesting for a place in the team for competitive games,” said Brian
Brian’s sentiments were echoed by head coach Nicholas Muyoti;
“We have assessed him and he is now on the verge of returning to the squad. He has been part of our full training and we have tested him in friendly games,”
“Most recently he clocked a full half which goes to show he’s getting there. It’s now just a matter of time,” added Muyoti
Omachi on his part said he is optimistic of hitting the right cord before the turn of the year.
“It’s indeed been a journey but finally I am back to full training and I have been topping up on minutes from one friendly game to the next,”
“The coach has told me that after featuring in another two friendly games or so I’ll be considered for league games. It is my desire to get there as soon as possible. I hope that will be before year’s end.” he added
Omachi made his Kenyan Premier League debut against Gor Mahia on February 4 in Kasarani during a match day 14 tie after coming on as a substitute in the second half. Till that big day, he had been named to the bench for three straight games.

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