Nairobi City Stars find themselves among title challengers at the halfway stage of the season but their coach wants them to keep their feet on the ground and not lose sight
Nairobi City Stars head coach Nicholas Muyoti has sent a warning to his charges against complacency following a dream run of form that has put them in a surprise challenge for the league title.
City Stars find themselves joint-third on 27 points, seven behind league leaders Gor Mahia, after displaying resolute performances that have been backed with results this season following their win over Kakamega Homeboyz.
A debut Kenyan Premier League goal by center-back Wycliffe Awiko, at the hour mark, earned the Simba wa Nairobi valuable three points against Homeboyz in their last league game of 2023 at the Bukhungu Stadium last week.
Awiko, upfield anticipating a corner, got to the end of a spilled ball by Homeboyz goalkeeper James Ssetuba for the winning goal. He was later named the MVP.
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Defensive midfielder Clifford Ouma had driven a belter goalward that was too much for Ssetuba to contain, allowing Awiko to work on the spill.
Muyoti has now warned to his players against allowing complacency ahead of a monumental 2024.
“It has not been easy for us,” Muyoti said.
“It has all been about building slowly from last season gradually. The boys have been brilliant so far but they have to know there is a lot of work to be done in 2024.”
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Muyoti hopes his players did not overexert their celebrations over Christmas, saying the hard work needs to start moving forward.
“We have to work hard. I hope they have not had too much merry over Christmas. The hard work starts now to continue with what we have built well," he said.
In seeing off Homeboyz in the year-ender, Simba wa Nairobi registered a fifth straight win to match a record set in the 2021/22 Premier League season. It was City Stars’ first-ever Premier League win over Homeboyz’s at their backyard.
Muyoti's men will host FC Talanta in their next fixture on Jan 6.
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