- Levis Opiyo and Kevin Okumu goalkeeper and defender respectively have left newly-promoted Kenya Premier League side Nairobi City Stars.
Patrick Korir, the club chief executive officer confirmed that the two left due to the expiry of their contracts in June.
“Their contracts expired in June. We wanted to keep them but they had a dream to pursue other interests and challenges,” club CEO said.
“It overwhelms City Stars when any player from our ranks steps up their career. Levis and Opiyo were very loyal and dependable servants who played a key role in our promotion campaign.”
“We are in the process of identifying their equals to fill up their space. We thank them for their contribution in the past season and wish them all the best,” Korir said.
Korir said that the club considers their growth as much as it was sad seeing them leave and the two are said to be headed to KPL giants Gor Mahia.
The club has already set sights on Western Stima’s center back Maurice Ojwang and utility defender Kelly Wesonga. Stima suffered a blow when their shirt sponsors Kenya Power pulled out.
Korir also said that the club is in the market for a minimum of six new additions to reinforce the team ahead of their return to the top tier league.
At the same time, the new top tier league sponsorship by BetKing which was announced by FKF President Nick Mwendwa was welcomed by Korir.
“This is indeed good news and it goes to show FKF have the interest of football in the country,” said Korir.
“For a few years’ clubs in the KPL have struggled with finances, lack off, and the partnership with BetKing, following a good shift of intent by FKF, is a decent one that we at City Stars truly appreciate. “he added.