Nairobi City Stars coach sends message to top clubs jostling for star player Samuel Kapen

Nairobi City Stars coach sends message to top clubs jostling for star player Samuel Kapen

Festus Chuma 17:59 - 09.05.2024

Gor Mahia and Kenya Police FC engage in a bidding war for Nairobi City Stars' standout player Samuel Kapen.

Nairobi City Stars head coach Nicholas Muyoti has made a public plea to FKF Premier League leaders Gor Mahia and Kenya Police FC asking them to hold off their aggressive pursuit of standout player Samuel Kapen until the season concludes.

This appeal comes amid an escalating bidding war that has reportedly begun to affect the player's focus and performance on the field.

Both Gor Mahia and Kenya Police FC have shown intense interest in Kapen, who has been a key figure in City Stars’ campaign this season. 

“A good thing definitely attracts attention, but for now, they should give him a chance to finish the league and then they can talk to him. Speaking to him now brings a lot of distraction and we still need him. They should let him play football and engage him when we finish the season,” Muyoti stated as per Capital Sports.

Muyoti's comments underline the challenge faced by smaller clubs in retaining top talent when more prominent teams express interest. 

The former Kenya international acknowledged that while the club would not obstruct a beneficial move for Kapen the timing of such discussions is crucial. 

“If he has played well and deserves to get a team that is higher on the table, we will be thankful and let him go. But it is important to let him concentrate on the games remaining this season,” he added.

Kapen’s performance this season has indeed been noteworthy as the striker has been a dynamic presence in the City Stars' lineup, demonstrating his versatility across various attacking roles. 

He has contributed significantly to the team's scoring and assisting figures which has naturally attracted the attention of top-tier clubs.

The competition for his signature intensified recently with Gor Mahia reportedly holding preliminary talks with Kapen’s representatives. 

Not to be outdone Police FC have countered with an offer of their own, signaling a potential bidding war for the young talent.

A product of Liberty Academy, Kapen joined Nairobi City Stars in September 2022 from Kibera Black Stars. 

His move to City Stars marked a return to the top tier following a challenging stint with Posta Rangers during the 2020–2021 season. 

His resurgence this season has not only been a boon for City Stars but has also put him squarely in the spotlight of Kenyan football’s bigger clubs.

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