City Stars Warn NSL Leaders Stima Ahead Of Kisumu Showdown

Sep 14 - by Erick Ochieng for sportpesa news

Former top flight sides meet with the second division title and play-off spot on the line

Part of the action in a past FKF National Super League match pitting Western Stima against Kenya Police at Moi Stadium in Kisumu.PHOTO/FKF

  • Amboko said his team is prepared and ready to take the hosts head-on as they look to improve on their sixth placing in the second division of domestic club football
  • The first two finishers will earn direct promotion to the top flight with the third-placed NSL side and 16th finisher in the SportPesa Premier League (SPL) taking on each other in a two-legged promotion/relegation play-off
  • Western's head coach, Paul Ogai conceded their clash against the former top flight side will be a difficult encounter

KISUMU, Kenya- Nairobi City Stars FC head coach, John Amboko, has warned National Super League (NSL) leaders Western Stima FC to expect a tough encounter when the two sides meet for their second leg clash at Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Sunday.

Amboko said his team is prepared and ready to take the hosts head-on as they look to improve on their sixth placing in the second division of domestic club football.

“We know we are out of league contention but we are determined for a third place as this will guarantee us a place in the play-off.

“This battle will not be easy, all I can say is may the lucky team win,” underlined Amboko.

According to Football Kenya Federation rules, the first two finishers will earn direct promotion to the top flight with the third-placed NSL side and 16th finisher in the SportPesa Premier League (SPL) taking on each other in a two-legged promotion/relegation play-off.

The winner of that encounter on aggregate will round off the 2019 SPL roster.

City are sixth on the log with 48 points after 30 matches. On the other hand Western who top the standings have opened a six-point lead with 67 having played a game more.

City suffered a 2-1 loss against Administration Police FC on their last outing at Hope Centre in Kawangware last Sunday as Western edged Kenya Police FC 1-0 at Karuturi Grounds in Naivasha on the same day to keep their charge for an instant return to the SPL on course.

“Our first leg meeting with Western in Nairobi ended in a 1-1 draw, but we are promising the mother of all battles this weekend because we are determined to win,” Amboko told SportPesa News on Friday.

City heads to the match minus their key striker, David Agesa, who has left the club for professional football in India.

“Agesa’s departure is a big blow to us. He was scoring in almost all the fixtures. He was a vital force to our side,”Amboko lamented.

The coach is hopeful that Kevin Omondi, who is back from long injury, will fill the void left by Agesa.

Tricky trip

Western's head coach, Paul Ogai conceded their clash against the former top flight side will be a difficult encounter.

“It won’t be easy. Therefore, we have decided that each of the remaining five games will be like a final to us. At this stage, we are not leaving anything to chance because the competition has become so stiff.

“All top four teams are in contention for a top two spot which we are not ready to relinquish at the moment. Losing a game at this juncture will complicate issues which we are not ready for right now,” Ogai underscored.

Nine matches are on the cards in what is shaping up to be a gripping climax to the season.

On Saturday, second-placed Nairobi Stima FC (61) who are seeking to play in the SPL for the first time in their history face a tricky trip to Thika to lock horns with fifth-placed Bidco United FC (53) who are also on the hunt for the play-off spot.

KCB FC (60) in third welcome wounded Police (39) who dropped to 11th following their loss to Western hoping to benefit from any slip up at the top to stake their promotion case.

Ushuru FC (59) who dropped from the summit to fourth in the past month welcome Kangemi All Stars FC (35) who are languishing in 14th at Camp Toyoyo Grounds, Nairobi on Sunday with the sole aim of collecting maximum points to boost their chances of returning to the SPL after their demotion in 2015. 

NSL Round 33 Fixtures

Saturday (September 15)

Nakuru All-Stars FC vs Coast Stima FC (Afraha Stadium, 3 pm)

Administration Police FC vs Green Commandos FC (Camp Toyoyo, 2 pm)

FC Talanta FC vs GFE 105 FC (Camp Toyoyo, 4.15 pm)

Bidco United FC vs Nairobi Stima FC (Thika Stadium, 3 pm)

Kisumu All Stars FC vs Migori Youth FC (Moi Stadium, 3 pm)

Sunday ( September 16)

Western Stima FC vs Nairobi City Stars FC (Moi Stadium, 3 pm)

Modern Coast Rangers FC vs Kibera Black Stars FC (Mbaraki Grounds, 3 pm)

KCB FC vs Kenya Police FC (Camp Toyoyo, 2 pm) LIVE on Bamba Sports

Ushuru FC vs Kangemi All-Stars FC (Camp Toyoyo, 4.15 pm) LIVE on Bamba Sports