Former Kenya Premier League (KPL) champions Ulinzi Stars officially unveiled Salim Ali on Friday, and the youthful coach immediately promised to 'work his socks off' to reclaim the title the side has lost out to Tusker FC in the past two seasons.
The Army side last clinched the coveted trophy in 2010. “It has been a good opening week. I have loved the training and how the boys are responding. This is a good team and we only need to fine tune one or two areas and we will be good to go," Ali told the club's official website after being unveiled in Nakuru.
"I have looked at all the areas and I think the defense needs some little more sharpening. If we can be able to have a good defense which clicks well with the midfield, then scoring goals will not be a problem."
The youthful Ali, who has penned a two year deal, brings vast experience to the Nakuru-based side having previously handled top flight sides Mathare United and Sofapaka FC.
Ulinzi Stars will begin the 2013 season in mid-week with a league clash against Gor Mahia. The match will be played on February 20 (Wednesday) at Kasarani Stadium, since Gor Mahia will be participating in the confederations Cup in the opening weekend of the league.
The soldiers will have a tight first four matches playing against Gor on 20th, then travel to Thika on February 24th, then a home match against Sofapaka the weekend that follows, followed by an away match against Western Stima in Bukhungu.