- Nairobi City Stars, through their team coordinator Samson Otieno, confirms the club has already extended the contracts of players who helped them fight for promotion back to the top-tier as the club reveals their transfer plans.
The Kawangware-based club is beefing up for the return to the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) after they were promoted alongside Bidco United in the canceled 2019/2020 National Super League (NSL) and Otieno has confirmed key players have already extended their contracts.
“The core unit that kept Simba wa Nairobi at the top of the NSL for a better part of the season to eventually promote the team is still intact heading to next season,” Otieno said.
“This is important as it guarantees us continuity.
“When we started out last season a number of players were on one-year engagements but mid-way through we extended those contracts as the view to the Premier League became crystal clear,” he added.
“Just two teenagers – striker Vincent ‘Jamaica’ Otieno and midfielder Elvis Ojiambo started out with long-term deals,” he continued.
The coordinator also revealed that others followed that lead with offensive midfielder Oliver Maloba, striker Ebrima Sanneh, defenders Salim ‘Shitu’ Abdalla, and Edwin Buliba. Goalkeeper Ronny Kagunzi and left-back Wesley Onguso being the latest to add a year to their contracts.
He further revealed that a number of other players might extend their contracts as Coach Sanjin Alagic has show willingness to continue working with them.
“We have some players whose contracts have since expired but the coach has hinted he’d still want to keep some of them for longer should they agree to.
“Noah Abich, Eric Ochieng, Tedian Esilaba, Kevin Okumu, David Gateri, and Jimmy Bageya are some of those players. That will give us a much more close-knit unit,” he stated
Despite having the core intact, Levis Opiyo has already signed for Gor Mahia and the coordinator said the club is seeking to replace their number one custodian and further any other players who choose to leave for greener pasture.
“Had the coronavirus pandemic not struck, City Stars would have concluded its engagement with players for next season as far back as April,” he concluded.