History of club

Ligi Ndogo Soccer Club also known as The Planets or simply Ligi) is a football club and youth academy based in Nairobi, Kenya. The senior team currently competes in the National Super League, the second tier of the Kenyan football league system. The club’s name is Swahili for “little league”.

The club’s youth academy was founded in February 2002, and in 2005, the first senior team was formed and has played at Ligi Ndogo Grounds along Ngong Road since then. The team briefly used the Nairobi City Stadium in 2012 for its home games while their Ngong Road grounds were undergoing renovations.

As part of the ongoing mission to raise the standards of coaching and player development at the academy,a seasonal report card is provided at the end of twelve weeks.

Aspects such as match tactics with a lot of emphasis on individual ball mastery,coaches’ recommendations,observation and player response.As much as possible,all programs strive to retain the fun factor while steadily imparting skills in technique,understanding,playing competitively in matches and preparing for a professional career.

If we concentrated less on results at an early age, and more on technical development, and this idea of kids falling in love with the game, they would be much better off

TIMELINE

FORMATIVE YEARS AND THE LEAGUE AFTER 2002

To further nurture the football potential in Kenya,Ligi Ndogo organises trips to participate in tournaments in Uganda,Tanzania,United Kingdom and Spain.
Since 2004,Ligi Ndogo has toured the UK to take part in the prestigious Keele International Cup formerly Umbro International cup held annually in Manchester and now Keele. Ligi Ndogo’s achievements in these tournaments has been commendable with the various teams winning trophies and medals on numerous occasions.Ligi Ndogo is the only Kenyan team to have graced the winner’s podium since inception.
Next month,Ligi Ndogo will send its under ten and under twelve planet teams to the PlussbankCup in Kristiansand and Venesela,Norway.
Plussbank Cup is a tournament for adolescents aged between 8 and 18 years.It began in 2008 and has attracted more than 1000 teams since.It is run by clubs,Vindbjart and Donn.
PlussbankCup offers a very good experience to players and families who choose to combine the cup of holiday in southern Norway.

GOING UP


To further nurture the football potential in Kenya,Ligi Ndogo organises trips to participate in tournaments in Uganda,Tanzania,United Kingdom and Spain.
Since 2004,Ligi Ndogo has toured the UK to take part in the prestigious Keele International Cup formerly Umbro International cup held annually in Manchester and now Keele. Ligi Ndogo’s achievements in these tournaments has been commendable with the various teams winning trophies and medals on numerous occasions.Ligi Ndogo is the only Kenyan team to have graced the winner’s podium since inception.
Next month,Ligi Ndogo will send its under ten and under twelve planet teams to the PlussbankCup in Kristiansand and Venesela,Norway.
Plussbank Cup is a tournament for adolescents aged between 8 and 18 years.It began in 2008 and has attracted more than 1000 teams since.It is run by clubs,Vindbjart and Donn.
PlussbankCup offers a very good experience to players and families who choose to combine the cup of holiday in southern Norway.

CLOSER TO THE PREMIER


Ligi Ndogo claimed their first major honour when they won the Anti-Corruption Cup in 2009, beating Kariobangi Sharks 1–0 in the final at the Nairobi Technical Institute, and in 2010, the team played in the KFF Nationwide League, finishing second behind Dandora Youth. The following season, they again finished second, this time behind Muhoroni Youth, who were promoted to the Premier League under controversial circumstances. Former Kenya Football Federation chairman Mohammed Hatimy termed their promotion as “unconstitutional”

DIVISION ONE LEAGUE


In 2012, Ligi Ndogo began competing in the newly formed FKF Division One. On 24 May, head coach Ibrahim Mbikalo stepped down to coach the club’s under-15, under-16 and under-17 sides, and was replaced by Michael Kamure. Kamure won his first match with the club, as Ligi Ndogo beat Iron Strikers 3–2 away from home on 19 May 2012. The team went on to win 9 more matches that season, culminating in a sixth-place finish, 22 points behind leaders Bandari. The following season, Kamure led Ligi Ndogo to 5 more wins before leaving in September 2013. Bernard Ndichu, his temporary replacement, helped the team finish fourth in the Zone A (Group 1) table, and thus gained promotion to the newly formed National Super League. Former Nairobi City Stars coach Oliver Page, who had joined the club in 2011 as a technical advisor at the academy, took over the senior team in 2014. His first match in charge ended in a 1–1 draw at home against Kariobangi Sharks.

NATIONAL SUPER LEAGUE


The 2014 season is Ligi Ndogo Sports Club’s first year in the Kenyan National Super League and their fourth consecutive season in the second tier of the Kenyan football league system.

The Planets have gone through the lower tiers of the Kenyan football league system and are now one division below the Premier League. The team started in the Nationwide League’s Second Division in 2006 before gaining promotion to the First Division in 2007, where they remained until 2013 (the league has since been changed to FKF Division One). During that season, the team finished the season in fourth place, gaining promotion to the newly formed National Super League.

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