Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Kenya

Geoffrey Kokoyo @ SS com

Kokoyo lauds Ali appointment



Ulinzi Stars defender Geoffrey Kokoyo has welcomed the arrival of Salim Ali at the club and hopes that the coach will help the side rediscover past glories.

Ali was named Ulinzi tactician on Christmas day, replacing Sammy Simiyu, who will serve as the former’s assistant.

He takes over at the club after a few months out of a job after being sacked by Sofapaka in midway through the 2012 season. Kokoyo has seen the best of the best in the local coaching scene, and has plenty of respect for his new boss.

“I welcome Salim Ali to the club,” said Kokoyo. “When we were informed of the changes we felt sad for Sammy who tried his best to lift the club after the bad start last season. But at least we are happy that he remains a part of the club.”

“As for Ali, he is a good young coach who has been at some of the top clubs in Kenya. I trust that with his arrival we can improve,” he added.

Kokoyo was heavily disappointed with the outcome of the recently concluded campaign, and hopes Ulinzi can rectify their shortcomings.

“We were all hurt by what happened last season. Fact is that we should have done better but we did not and it is something we have to improve on. All the players here know that they will have to do better in the coming season and that is what we will work on,” he concluded.

Ulinzi finished sixth in the standings, down from first and second in the 2010 and 2011 seasons respectively.



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Carol Radull
Fitting curtain raiser for the EPL
Arsene Wenger’s attempts to beat Jose Mourinho have finally born fruit with a thrilling curtain...

John Dykes
Londoners to capitalise on pre-season
On Sunday, Wembley Stadium will once again host a game of football that isn’t all we think it is.

Segun Odegbami
Predicting the EPL winners
We are moments away from the start of the European football season. So, let’s look at the teams...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Premier League preview - part 1
Maybe it is a sign of my age, or an indication of how the last two seasons have been for the club I...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Ref's job becoming more difficult
What you are about to read may sound like I’m stating the obvious, but it’s true.

Sunday Oliseh
Super Eagles job: an uphill task worth taking
It is definitely the most delicate football job on the African continent and the most demanding.