Nairobi City Stars are back in the top flight and after three matches in the BetKing Premier League (BKPL), they have given a statement – they are not pushovers. The team returned to winning ways on Match Day 3 after beating Bandari FC 2-0 on Friday 11 December at Kasarani but despite the win, head coach Sanjin Alagic was not entirely ecstatic about the performance.
The team started its top flight return with a well worked 2-0 win over Nzoia Sugar before falling 1-0 to KCB on Match Day 2. On Match Day three they bagged three points despite playing second fiddle to Bandari for a better part of the game. The coach admitted they didn’t play at their level, but was happy to take home three points.
Hope for better
A fine display and a win would mark a perfect outing for Sanjin, the man who drove City Stars to finish top of the National Super League last season, and going to the next game, he will hope their preparations bring out just that.
“I was satisfied by getting three points but not the performance because at our level, we can play better. I think against KCB we played better but lost the game, then against Bandari we were not at our best but we scored twice and won the game; it is the nature of this game but we always try to improve. However, six points from three matches is good because there are a lot of good teams in the league and also a lot of pressure,” he said.
A blend of youngsters and experienced heads give City Stars the right balance and the memory of their relegation three years ago is now distant. Anthony Kimani, the skipper, is back at the team after stints at Sofapaka and Bandari and he leads a group of experienced players gelling well with younger players to guide the team.
In the Bandari game, Kimani, popularly known as Muki, led from the front, scoring the opener, just like he did in their opening game of the season and he attracted praise from the coach.
“Muki is an amazing lad; a real leader and a team player. He is one of the more experienced players but we have a good blend of experienced and young players. Timothy Ouma for example is 16 years and started a league match, to me that needs a lot of courage both from the coach and the player at this level. The experienced players are necessary to help the young players do well and also grow in the game. So far I am happy with them,” he added.
Next up for the side is a game against Bidco United at Kasarani on Friday 17th December.