Mbatha rates his Tanzania tenure


South African football administrator Senzo Mbatha says he is excited with the strides Tanzania top team Simba SC have made under his watch as a CEO for a year now.

According to Tanzania’s Daily News, Mbatha (formerly Mazingisa) said the Simba brand is growing on the continent and the world.

“As you know, Simba has players from Brazil, a coach from Belgium, a CEO from South Africa and players from different parts on the continent meaning that people from the mentioned places are keenly following the club.

“Even in London, UK we have our ambassador Salim Kikeke, who is doing a great job to market the team there and most importantly, our investor Mohammed Dewji has always been planting the seeds of the club wherever he goes around the world,” Mazingisa said.

He said they are encouraging their players to keep training during the break caused by Covid-19.

“In my view, I think it will take even six months for the pandemic to be defeated and for people to gain confidence to start going to the stadiums and players return on the pitch.

“We need not to go back to football as if nothing has happened. We need to gradually go there by following the right procedures. It is a headache for many sports bodies across the world. I would like to see the league finish on the pitch and not to be announced in the boardroom that this is the winning team,” Mazingisa said.

Coached by Belgian Sven Ludwig Vandenbroeck (ex-Zambia mentor), Simba are the defending champions of the 20-member Vodacom Tanzania Mainland Premier League.

Based in Dar es Salaam, Simba is home to international players such as Brazilians Wilker and Gerson, Ivorian Serge Wawa, Clatous Chama (Zambia), Deo Kanda from DRC, Francis Kahata (Kenya), Meddie Kagere (Rwanda) among others.

FARPost’s Africa correspondent

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