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The former Mathare tactician was appointed on Tuesday as replacement for Sammy Simiyu who will deputize as the army men get ready for new season

Newly appointed Ulinzi Stars FC Coach Salim Ali has promised to bring the best out of the team as he takes on his new job with open arms.

The Coach says he had several other options but chose to settle on the army men because 'of the good management the team has.' Former coach Sammy Simiyu will deputize for Ali.

“I feel this appointment has come at the right time and I am very happy with it. I had several other options but to me this was the best destination because the team has good management and there is a lot of mutual respect with everyone around,” Salim told the club's official website.

“This is a great challenge for me and a new one. I know Ulinzi Stars players well and it is not going to be hard for me to work with them. This is a great team and you want to get the best out of them. I believe we can and I am looking forward to the new challenge,” Salim says.

Ali has started work and he heads to Eldoret where he expects to scout in new players who are in the Recruit Training School.

Speaking after capturing the services of the former Sofapaka and Mathare United tactician an elated Ulinzi chairman Lt. Col JS Mwinyikai said, “We are happy to have Ali with us. He is the best qualified coach in Kenya and we trust he is going to deliver silverware."

"His work starts immediately where he heads to the Recruit Training School in Eldoret to pick up players from the Inter Divisions that are currently ongoing. He will also come back and pick the best players from the 14 that we took from the CDF Cup. We will give him a free hand to choose his team and we have faith in him that is why we have handed him the mantle."