Tanzania’s Simba SC appoint ex-Arrows coach


Tanzania’s Simba SC fans will have to wait another 24 hours before their club unveils the new head coach.

On Saturday, Simba unveiled former Polokwane City and Golden Arrows goalkeepers’ coach Milton Nienov as the man who will take charge of the team’s shot-stoppers under the new set up.

The club confirmed his appointment saying on Sunday they would name the man to head the technical team.

Florent Ibenge, pictured with Simba CEO Barbara Gonzalez above, who doubles up as DRC national team and AS Vita coach, is heavily linked with the job.

The 59-year-old, a 2016 CHAN tournament winner, was conspicuously absent from DRC’s draw against Libya on Thursday.

He is tipped to replace Sven Vandenbroeck who recently dumped the Tanzanian champions to join Morocco’s FAR Rabat.

His biggest challenger for the job is Clinton Larsen, who, ironically worked with Nienov at Arrows.

Interestingly, former Al Merrikh coach, Didier Gomes Da Rosa paid his release clause and immediately left the Sudan champions.

The Frenchman landed in Dar es Salaam on Saturday for talks with Simba’s hierarchy.

The new coach 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


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