MAINLAND champions Simba are expected to name their new coach on Wednesday as they look to a fresh and better groundwork ahead of the second round of the domestic league and CAF Champions League.
Simba Chairman, Ismail Aden Rage confirmed that a new trainer would be replacing Serbian Milovan Cirkovic, who left the club at the end of the first round of the domestic league. "We'll on Wednesday announce our new coach, he is coming from outside the African continent," said Rage, who was reluctant to disclose the identity of the coach.
Rage who also presides as Tabora Urban legislator refused to comment on recent reports that linked Malawi national team coach Kinnah Phiri with the coaching role at the Msimbazi Street outfit. Phiri revealed recently that Simba have been showing interest in his services and was contemplating joining the Tanzanian club.
"Simba have talked to me and I am interested in that job. It is good to look for new challenges and I think I can take it on. I have not made my decision but it is something I am considering," Phiri was quoted as saying by Michezoafrika. com. Simba are expected to beef up their squad during this mini transfer window after releasing several players, including Kenyan Paschal Ochieng, Malian Komabil Keita and Ghanaian Daniel Akuffor.
They are also set to lose a key duo of Mrisho Ngassa, who has been traded to Sudanese side El Merreikh and Zambian striker Felix Sunzu, who is reportedly sick and unable to play. According to Rage the club expects at least two new faces to sign for the club this week; one from Uganda and another from Cameroon.
Again, the Simba boss refused to disclose the names of the players. "It's too early to make their names public, we'll do so when the moves have been finalised." He said the Ugandan player was due to jet in Dar es Salaam yesterday, with the Cameroonian scheduled to arrive in the city on Wednesday.
Reports have been linking Simba with a possible move for Uganda Cranes stars, firstchoice goalkeeper Abel Dhaira and striker Brian Umony, who is also a target for Azam, with further reports suggesting the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup best player has agreed a two year deal with the Ice-Cream makers.
Simba have been drawn against Angolan side Recreativo do Libolo in the preliminary round of the Caf Champions League. The first leg of the preliminary round will be contested on the weekend of 15-17 February, next year in Tanzania, with the return leg taking place two weeks later, 1-3 March in Angola.
If they overcome Recreativo do Libolo, Simba will face Sudanese giants El Merreikh in the first round. Rage revealed Simba are expecting to stage a training camp outside the country ahead of the continental and domestic campaigns.