Achievements

The academy was established on 1 January 2002. The academy’s first season began in February 2002, as just a place for neighbourhood children to go and play some football. Upon discovering that many of the children actually had talent, the administration formed the various age groups found in the academy today and formed a “Planets” team, which consisted of the best players from these age groups, to represent the club at national and international tournaments.

In 2005, the senior football team was formed with the initiative of former senior team coach, Ibrahim Mbikalo at the insistence of players Karim Rersa, Mohamed Junaid and Azim Butt. On arrival from a tour of the United Kingdom, the team members found themselves overage and with no category to fill in since the youth academy could only accommodate those below fourteen years of age. Under the guidance of Mbikalo, Ligi Ndogo gained their first honours by winning the Private Secondary Schools’ League in 2005, and played in the Kiko Cup towards the end of the year, crashing out through a 3–2 loss to Kibera Combined on penalties.

TIMELINE

Formative years and the league after 2002

The team was formed in 2005 with the initiative of current academy director and former senior team coach, Ibrahim Mbikalo, and club chairman Chris Amimo at the insistence of players Karim Rersa, Mohamed Junaid and Azim Butt. On arrival from a tour of the United Kingdom, the team members found themselves overage and with no category to fill in since the youth academy could only accommodate those below fourteen years of age. Under the guidance of Mbikalo, Ligi Ndogo gained their first honours by winning the Private Secondary Schools’ League in 2005. They played in the Kiko Cup towards the end of the year, crashing out through a 3–2 loss to Kibera Combined on spot kicks.The original team that was formed during the 2005 season included Junaid, Rersa, Butt and several other players. Genk forward Ayub Masika and former Tusker striker Jesse Were both featured for the team briefly.

Going Up

The team entered the second division of the Nationwide League in 2006, afterwards gaining promotion to the first division. The original team that was formed during the 2005 season included Junaid, Rersa, Butt and several other players. Genk forward Ayub Masika and former Tusker striker Jesse Were both featured for the team briefly. In its effort to pool talent, the team began to bring in non-academy players in 2006.

In the Nationwide League Second Division, the team went unbeaten in their first season, winning 20 matches without a loss to gain promotion to the First Division. During the course of the season, the team played several tournaments, most notably the Odiso Cup, in which they reached the semi-finals against Toito.

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.