The striker joined the elite as a free agent after serving and winning titles with the Green Army since 2018
Football Kenya Federation Premier League Nairobi City Stars has completed the signing of former Gor Mahia striker Nicholas Kipkirui.
Kipkirui has joined Simba wa Nairobi as a free agent and was awarded jersey number 17. Nairobi City Stars president Johnathan Jackson explained the challenges in trying to secure the former Zoo FC striker.
“It was a struggle to get a quality striker, but we are happy that in the end Kipkirui has joined us,” Jackson told the club’s website. “His scoring prowess is not in question and he will be a big boost for the City Stars frontline. I welcome him to the Simba wa Nairobi family.”
Club general manager Parick Korir echoed Jackson’s feelings about why they opted for a center-forward closely linked to Ulinzi Stars.
“We were looking for a polite striker in the last transfer window. Having missed our targets there, we went shopping in Uganda,” Korir said.
“Kipkirui then came to see us at a time when he had issued a notice of termination of the contract to his former club.
“We then made a pre-agreement on the principle that if his situation was not corrected within the notice period, then we would sign him when he became a free agent.
“We registered this prior agreement with the federation before the transfer window closed in accordance with FIFA regulations, hence its possible signing immediately after obtaining his free agent status.”
Kipkirui, who was voted young player of the 2017 season, explained the reasons behind his move to little Kawangware.
“I am so excited to join Nairobi City Stars. I have had several offers of teams in Kenya and away, but it is Simba wa Nairobi that’s what appealed to me the most, ”revealed the striker.
“The Nairobi City Stars are one of the best managed clubs in East Africa and I look forward to helping the team by assisting and scoring many goals, and most importantly by winning titles.
“This club is also part of the Jonathan Jackson Foundation and I am delighted to have the chance to help the needy in our society have a meal, achieve their dreams and goals.”
The forward is the third new player to be added to the Nairobi City Stars rankings. Full-back Bolton Omwenga initially arrived from Biashara United from Tanzania, while Kevin Okumu was brought back to the club on loan from Wazito FC.