The history of the club

A winning team, a role model, the pride of a slum

This great human adventure started some years ago...

Kibera Black Stars Football Club is located in the famous slum of Kibera in Nairobi. It was initiated in 1987. It was formally registered as a sport association in 1998. Initially, it was a team which only participated in local tournaments during school holidays so as to keep the youth busy during the vacation period..

A success story is about to become true..

Later, Kibera Black Stars was formally registered to play in the FKF LEAGUE in 2009 and since then, they have managed to have a steady rise. They managed to reach the top of the Nairobi level = the Nairobi Regional League

The team stayed some years at this level, lacking means and maybe ambitions, everybody busy looking for the daily bread...

In 2014, a French guy, Luc Lagouche, teacher at the French school of Nairobi, came to Kibera with the idea of helping people here. In the past, he managed to raise a small football club in Nigeria up to the top of the local football. Why not do the same here in Kenya? He decided to involve himself into the KIbera Black Stars. He restructured the club, bring better sport kits, and put the players on the way to professionalisation, by giving the players training allowances and match bonuses for example..

The players are still playing football by passion but now they can bring something home...

A new goal is set = the Kenyan Premiere league !!!

At the end of 2014, the Black Stars topped their group in the Nairobi Provincial League, the highest level in Nairobi County for the 1st time of the history of the club.

We are now the only team of the entire area to play in Nationwide level. We are proud to have become THE BEST FOOTBALL TEAM in all KIBERA…

Our players were champions of the National 2 and were promoted to the National Division 1 at the end of 2015 season.

The success was here again that year: 1st place and promotion into the National Super League = second tier at the end of 2016.

3 promotions in 3 years = a great record in Kenya !!!

For the first time at this level, our players did well too. After a difficult start, they were able to do as well as older, more experienced and far better paid opponents. We finished 10 out of 19 in the standings. We are the best among the promoted teams. Not bad at all for a first participation in NSL.

In 2018, The Black stars had a wonderful start of the competition, staying in the top 5 in the entire first leg. What a great achievement among bigger clubs!!! Then things started to be more complicated with delays in releasing funds from some of our sponsors. The results declined. We can’t obtain 100% from our players when the money is small and the problems at home so big! We finally managed to finish number 11 at the end of the season = not bad regarding the situation...

In 2019, we don’t forget our great goal = The Kenyan Premiere League !!!

Our club starts to be exposed in the media:

- The most famous sport magazine in France “L’Equipe Magazine” made a 10 pages documentary about the KBS / Slum Soka on April 4th 2015. Another page at the end of 2016.

- The international and local media follow this promising team. We can see regular documentaries on TV (Citizen TV, Ebru, France 2, TV5 Monde, Globo TV in Brazil), on radio (Europe 1, RTBF, Pamoja), in newpapers (Nation, Standard, Star, in Kenya + Le point, La Voix Du Nord, La Cité, Le Monde Diplomatique in Europe) and on many internet websites...

Published online by Kibera Black Stars
 10/11/2014
 http://kiberablackstars.org/?the-history-of-the-club.html