Former Gor Mahia midfielder Rama Salim has revealed the reasons why he didn’t join Ulinzi Stars despite a strong offer from the soldiers.
Salim was a subject of a bid from various clubs in the Kenyan Premier League after some good outing with Congo United in 2011 and Ulinzi were the favourites to land his signature.
In an interview with Passion Sports, Salim said that the then Ulinzi FC chairman Col. Juma Shee Mwinyikai had travelled to Mombasa to meet him but after discussion with the people around him, he decided against joining the soldiers.
“I was never going to join Ulinzi Stars because I knew what I wanted. Mwinyikai had travelled all the way to Mombasa and we met and he really had a good offer on the table. Apart from playing I was going to be absorbed in the military which would secure my future with a job. I requested him to give him time to discuss the same with my people.
“After discussion with people around me, they thought it was a good move but I had other ideas. I really wanted to play in Europe and the deal would mean that was never going to be possible. Furthermore, my grandmother is a Luo and she had advised that I join Gor Mahia and I had to honour that,” Salim said.
The midfielder who has been out of some time now with an injury when asked about his future said he was looking to be back in action as he had now fully recovered from a torn ligament.
“I have been out for sometime after an operation but I have done rehab and I'm gearing to go. I'm currently a free agent and I am sure that I will get a team once the Covid-19 pandemic ends,” he added.
Rama was part of the Gor Mahia team that missed the 2-012 KPL title by a whisker after being held by Thika United at City Stadium on the final day.