Former Sofapaka coach Salim Ali, who was given his marching
orders on Tuesday 21 August following a string of unimpressive results has
defended his team selection during his time with the former Kenyan Premier
League (KPL) champions.
The former Mathare United tactician managed one win, three
draws and two losses in the six matches the team has played so far in the
second leg and the club’s president Elly Kalekwa had had enough of it after the
barren draw with Nairobi City Stars on Saturday 18 August.
Salim, however, says his team selection was not a
contributor to his fate as he affirms that the players he used in the second
leg are the very ones that propelled the team to the league summit at the close
of the first leg.
Fielding a non issue
-Maybe the team should go back to the drawing board, I don’t
think the fielding was an issue; in the first leg we finished top with these
very players so it should not be an issue now after six matches in the second
leg, he told futaa.com.
In his parting shot, he said he has always harboured a
winning mentality and thanked Sofapaka for the eight months he has been in
charge of the team.
Wanted the best
-Any coach trains a team with an ambition to win and I am no
exception. I wanted the best for Sofapaka and I am happy for the eight months
they gave me. It also gave me the opportunity to meet different players of
varying nationalities and I wish the team all the best, he said.