Just three days after taking over as the new coach of Ulinzi Stars, Salim Ali has set his eyes on eight players. These are the ones he feels will be up for consideration to join the soldiers ranks when they resume their pre season training on January 8.
Speaking from Eldoret where he was overseeing the training of the fourteen players chosen from the CDF (Chief Defense Forces) tournament.
Ali said he had seen talented players who with proper guidance can play at the highest level in the Kenya Premier league.
"I have been impressed with the quality of players I have seen and I believe eight of them are good enough to fill in the weakest positions we have in the squad," said Ali who was appointed to take over from Sammy Simiyu as head coach of the military side. Simiyu has moved down a wrung to take up- the position of assistant coach.
Ali revealed he was impressed by the structures that have been put in place by the club's management. He said the club have taken care of their players while maintaning the playing unit to form a formidable side capable of competing for honours at the top level.
"Ulinzi are one of the teams with proper management structures which makes it easy fro me as a coach to work with. I am gong to work with the structures in place while introducing a "B" team as well as establishing a youth system that can act as a feeder for the senior team," he divulged.
The former Sofapaka and Mathare United coach also said he was not in a hurry to conduct a purge in the current squad saying he needed to work with the team first to get a first hand experiecne of who will fit into his new team.
"I am yet to work with the players so I have no idea who is going to leave. I will make that decision weeks after we resume training next month," he said.