By Otieno Otieno
Former Kenya Premier league champions Ulinzi Stars have announced they have officially released head coach Salim Ali a day the coach tendered his resignation.
According to Ulinzi Stars Chief Executive Joel Birgen they have appointed former international Francis Onyiso to take charge of the team on a temporary basis.
“We received his (Ali’s) resignation but have decided not to keep him until after Saturday’s match against Tusker. He is not in the right frame of mind to perform and so have released him,” Birgen revealed to Goal.
Ali’s letter of resignation was written on March 18. In it, the former Ulinzi Stars coach says: “I Salim Ali Ramadhan hereby tender my resignation as head coach of Ulinzi Stars with effect from March 22 after the match against Tusker FC.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve as head coach of Ulinzi Stars. I wish the club grows from strength to strength.”
Goal exclusively revealed on Wednesday that the former Sofapaka and Mathare United coach had tendered his resignation following a series of poor results that has seen the club fail to win any match since the season started.
Ali has been under extreme pressure since the season started and only on Tuesday the club came out to support him. He joined Ulinzi Stars last year after six months at Sofapaka. He has also handled Mathare United in the past.
His resignation brings to three the number of coaches, who have lost jobs since 2014 season kicked-off. Others are Francis Baraza, who was sacked by Western Stima and Oliver Page (dismissed by Nakuru Top Fry).
Whereas Page is yet to get a new club, Baraza has since joined Muhoroni Youth, a side he guided to beat top side AFC Leopards' in his first match in charge two weeks ago.