Nairobi City Stars keep their cool to counter Bandari’s pressure, emerging 2-0 winners in the two sides’ BetKing Premier League clash at Kasarani on Friday 11 December.
Resolute defending led by Kennedy Onyango and Salim Shittu Abdalla combined with a phenomenal display from Steve Njunge, in the City Stars goal, propelled the team to a second win in three games.
In the end, Simba wa Nairobi, as Nairobi City Stars are known, applied the basic tenets that make football: teamwork and taking your chances. And to them that was all that mattered.
Having just returned to the top flight after four years in the second tier, a second win in three matches marked an impressive start to the campaign and the team will be glad to have recovered from the 1-0 loss to KCB on Match Day 2.
Nairobi City Stars’ resurgence may have come as a surprise to many, but behind the scenes, anyone with knowledge of what’s going on in their yard will appreciate the structures the club is putting in place. A good player recruitment strategy and a backer who’s willing to go all the way as the main components for this upward trajectory. At the helm of all this action is club CEO Patrick Korir, who oversees the day-to-day running of the club.
Veteran Anthony Kimani opened the scores in the second half after great connection with Jimmy Bageya, the two former Bandari FC players combining to punish their former employer.
The second goal came courtesy of a David Agesa cross that Bernard Odhiambo turned into his own net after a superb City Stars counter attack.
Moments before that second goal, Bandari were protesting an offside call that was made after Danson Namasaka rightly scored. City Stars caught them off guard after the referee overruled their complaints.