Sacked Mathare United head coach Salim Ali has refused to go down without a fight.
Speaking on KTN News’ Zilizala Viwanjani just hours after he was relieved of his duties, Ali took a jibe at the leadership of the club noting that they did not follow the right procedures in showing him the exit door.
“They sacked me. Let us be straightforward. They sacked me. They wanted me to resign but I refused because I did not see the need. That was a surprise to me because about one and a half months ago we agreed that I work until the end of the season when we would review my contract,” he said during the live sports show.
Ali went on to reveal that club chairman Bob Munro sacked him through a phone call.
“It was a surprise. Because first it was a phone call, something that has never happened. I told him we cannot discuss this via a phone call but a meeting, then I hanged up on him (Bob Munro). That was 5PM on Monday,” he said when quizzed by Zilizala show host Hassan Jumaa.
Ali insists the club has no reason to sack him despite being at the bottom of the FKF Premier League standings, with a staggering seven points from 14 outings and five points from safety.
📈|LEAGUE STANDINGS@OfficialGMFC move to the 6th place on the log after todays win over @NrbCityStars @FC_Sofapaka move to the 9th place after the win against @wazitofc @MathareUtd sit on the bottom after the barren draw against @VihigaUnitedFC #BKPL pic.twitter.com/Oavd8x7Upz
— Betking Kenya Premier League (@Officialfkfpl) May 16, 2021
He is being used as a scapegoat for the poor results, he argues.
“They have put nothing on the table because they have no reason to sack me. This is not the first time for Mathare (being embroiled in the relegation fight). Coaches worldwide take responsibility for poor results. Mathare has had three or four coaches in such a situation. And what we must ask, is it the coaches who are bad or some people who have been at the club for quite a while now?,” he posed to Hassan Jumaa.
Salim Ali took over from Francis Kimanzi in July 2019, after the latter resigned to focus on the national team Harambee Stars.
Ali Has been replaced with former KCB, Wazito and Gor Mahia coach Frank Ouna whose sole purpose this season is to ensure the club avoids relegation.
Here is the link to the interview courtesy of KTN News.