MERCURIAL winger Mrisho Ngassa has officially been unveiled as Simba player after agreeing a two-year deal with the Mainland Premier League champions from Azam FC.
Ngassa was unveiled to journalists at Simba headquarters located at Msimbazi Street in Dar es Salaam was given a number 16 shirt. He later joined his new teammates in training in preparation for the BancABC SUP8R Tournament, kicking off on Sunday.
The event marked the culmination of week of tug-of-war concerning the player's transfer from Azam FC to Simba, with reports claiming that he resisted the move. Simba vice-chairman, Geoffrey Nyange 'Kaburu' said Ngassa will spend his first year at the club as loanee before making a permanent move in the second season year.
Kaburu said Simba were delighted that the attacking midfielder, finally made decision to play for their team, despite interest from his former club, Yanga. For his side, Ngassa said he was excited to have his future finally sorted out and urged Simba fans to support him. He vowed to give his all for the club and help it win titles.
Kaburu could not reveal details of the contract, including the payment involved, but it is believed the Msimbazi street club paid 35m/- to the player. Sources close to the club claimed that the national team, Taifa Stars, star was offered 12m/- in cash and a car and will also be receiving 2m/- monthly salary. The deal was signed by Ngassa and the Simba's Chairman of Players Registration Committee.
Azam stated their intention to offload Ngassa to Simba, after the player's behaviour showed that he no longer wanted to go on with his marriage with Azam. And the club issued a statement on Thursday signed by Azam FC Manager, Patrick Kahemele warning Ngassa that he would be penalized if he opposed his loan move to Simba.
"We decided to offload him (Ngassa) on loan to Simba to avoid punishing him for his indiscipline behaviour....but if he insists on staying at Azam then he will risk being benched throughout the coming season as part of his punishment," said Kahemele. Yanga were also in the race for wing wizard and offered 20m/- for his services but, according to Azam, the Jangwani Street club refused to improve their asking offer, which put Simba in an advantageous position to land the player.
Ngassa, whose greatest assets are his dribbling ability and pace, joined Azam FC from Yanga in 2010 for a reportedly 40,000 USD, which was the biggest transfer move in the country's football. Last year, Ngassa attended professional trial with Seattle Sounders FC and came on as a late substitute against Manchester United in a friendly match. He had previously hold trial with English Premier League side West Ham United.