Salim Ali ready to fill Kimanzi’s boots at Mathare

Salim Ali ready to fill Kimanzi’s boots at Mathare

Salim started his tenure with a barren draw at home against Bandari on Saturday at Ruaraka and he believes they will be ready for the season despite losing several key players.

Salim Ali says he is ready to step into the pressure cooker as he starts life as the Mathare United head coach following Francis Kimanzi’s departure to take over as Harambee Stars head coach. Salim believes it will not be hard to slip in as he has worked with Kimanzi for a long time and will only work to keep his philosophy alive.

“It is nothing new to me because even in 2009 when Kim left for the national team, I also took charge of the team and I believe it will be an easy transition. I have worked at this club for long and this will not be an instable moment for us because we are of the same school of thought,” Salim stated.

“Of course as a coach there are different variations you have and those are the only different things that will be coming in,” he added.

Salim started his tenure with a barren draw at home against Bandari on Saturday at Ruaraka and he believes they will be ready for the season despite losing several key players.

Defender Johnstone Omurwa has returned to Mathare United, Samuel Olwande headed to Kariobangi Sharks, James Situma retired, Arnold Onyango left for the United States, Allan Owiny joined KCB while Cliff Nyakeya joined Egyptian side Al Masry.

“Of course it is tough when you lose almost half of your backline and top scorer. But I look at this as a chance for other players to step up and take the chance. It will be tough but I believe we can move on

Among the new players the coach has brought in is former Bandari man Lazaro Simba, Daniel Otieno from Sony Sugar, Wilson Anekeya from Wazito, Kevin ‘Gazza’ Omondi from Mount Kenya United and South Sudanese striker Daniel Oluol.

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