- The Nairobi-based NSL club, Nairobi City Stars has moved to tie down their experienced key players to ensure their service next season 2020/2021 as a promotion to the top-flight is certain.
Nairobi City Stars has opted to extend the contracts of their five key players as the preparation for the Kenya Premier League (KPL) starts. In what the NSL side sees as an early preparation, they are certain that they will have to rub shoulders against the KPL top league teams next season, something they believe it needs experienced players.
The players are Wycliffe Otieno, who renewed his contract for one more year, while the remaining four are Anthony Muki Kimani, Calvin Masawa, Charles Otieno Oduro and Davis Agesa. All have committed their service to the club for a further two seasons.
The decision is believed to have been motivated by the undying devotion of the players to serve the club and patience.
Masawa is City Stars’ longest-serving player having joined from Migori back in 2011 while Kimani who left the club for Sofapaka back in 2009 then returned after 10 years for the current season.
Oduro and Agesa have also been standout players and, together with Masawa, ensured the squad survived relegation last season.
Wycliffe joined from Kariobangi Sharks at the start of the current season and, alongside Salim Shitu Abdalla, has formed one of the best defenses lines in the league conceding only 18 goals in the current camping.
“The five extended their contracts after receiving the nod from the technical bench. It (contract extension) gives the team stability going forward,” the club CEO Patrick Korir said.
“Discussions are still ongoing with other players and the list of extensions should grow further in the weeks to come,” Korir added
The team will ensure that their form and coordination the enjoyed this season will continue with such key players signing new deals. Head coach Sanjin Algic will enjoy the service of at least 11 players from the 25 men’s current squad for next season.