Simiyu welcomes Ali appointment
On Christmas day, former Mathare United and Sofapaka head coach Salim Ali was called to take charge at Nakuru-based military side Ulinzi Stars.
His appointment saw Sammy Simiyu, who had previously been the head coach, shift to an assistant role at the club, to serve under Salim.
However, even with the demotion, Simiyu says he harbors no hard feelings, and takes the chance as a welcome opportunity for him to learn from a more experienced tactician.
“Salim is very much experienced and working under him will put me in a good position to tap from his well of knowledge. As a coach you always need the guidance of someone who has a better track record than yours to show you the way and I receive this as my chance to improve as a coach,” said Simiyu.
Regarding his personal relationship with Salim, Simiyu said that they are good friends and that they from time to time share tactical ideas.
“I have known Salim for a while now and I have always regarded him as my mentor. With his entry to Ulinzi, the team’s performance is bound to become even better,” he said.
Ulinzi, four-time Kenyan Premier League champions, finished sixth out of 16 teams in the 2012 campaign.