Frenchman Didier Gomes da Rosa has been named the new coach for Tanzania champions Simba SC.
The club’s CEO Barbara Gonzalez on Sunday confirmed the former Al Merrikh SC coach’s appointment.
A few days ago, Da Rosa reportedly paid his release clause and dumped Sudanese side Al Merrikh with immediate effect.
He arrived in Dar es salaam on Saturday to finalise his deal with Simba.
Da Rosa is not new to Africa, having coached Ethiopian Coffee, CS Constantine, Horoya AC, Ismaily SC.
He replaces Belgian mentor Sven Vandenbroeck, who left Simba earlier this month to join Morocco’s AS FAR Rabat.
At Simba, he will work with former Polokwane City and Golden Arrows goalkeepers’ coach Milton Nienov who was unveiled on Saturday.
Da Rosa will get to gauge the strength of his squad when the Dar es Salaam giants host the five-day Simba Super Cup which will feature Congo’s TP Mazembe and Sudan’s Al Hilal.
The tournament is aimed at preparing the team for the CAF Champions’ League Group Stage.
Simba are in Group A alongside serial Champions Al Ahly of Egypt, DRC’s AS Vita and Sudan’s El Merreikh.
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By Mthokozisi Dube