- The National Super League (NSL) Nairobi City Stars side have confirmed Oliver Maloba has returned to the club after being away without official leave since the second week of February.
The club accepted the midfielder’s apology and allowed him to train with teammates again upon his return. Nairobi City Stars confirmed the former Tusker and Gor Mahia star was allowed to join his teammates after lengthy discussions with the club’s management upon return.
“After weeks out, Nairobi City Stars offensive midfielder Maloba is back at the club,” the former Kenyan Premier League side announced on their website.
“Maloba, whose trail had gone cold on the club since the second week of February, met the club honchos and after lengthy discussions were allowed back in training,” he added.
Explaining the reason, they gave the player a second chance, “We chose to take a pragmatic view of the matter. After productive talks, we have accepted his apology and he is now back in training,” the club CEO Patrick Korir told the club portal.
“I apologized to the club and my fellow players for staying out without communicating,” the offensive midfielder said upon returning. Maloba urged his teammates to focus on their pursuit to climb to the top league (KPL) and forget what happened to him before
“Let’s leave what happened behind. I am back and fully committed to giving my all to keep the ship sailing.”
Nairobi City Stars’ head coach Sanjin Alagic in his statement challenged Maloba that he has to prove himself again to get his position back after being away from February.
“Staying out for a month means all work done since July last year is lost. He has another few weeks to work on basics then work his way up to the team,” Alagic said.
As the competition enters match-day 26, Nairobi City Stars are in pole position to get back to the top league as they are clear leaders on the NSL table with 61 points.