Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Wanga Simba's Deal Breaks Down

MAINLAND Premier League champions Simba made an attempt to sign Kenyan striker Allan Wanga in a swap-deal that would have seen playmaker Salim Kinje return to AFC Leopards.

Simba's bid failed when AFC Leopards refused to release the 27-year old Kenyan ace, who scored his first international goal for Kenya on December 8, 2007 against Tanzania in a 2-1 loss at the 2007 CECAFA Cup.

Close sources at AFC Leopards revealed that they had requested Simba to have Kinje come back to Kenya after failing to command a first team place, but things went awry when Simba asked for Allan Wanga as part of the deal.

"We really wanted to have Kinje back to the den but Simba insisted we had to give them our striker Allan Wanga to facilitate the deal which we felt was impossible at this moment," the source told supersport.com.

Kinje was the cog in Leopards' midfield before making a move across the border to Simba where he has been used as a fringe player which has led to him seeking a move back to Kenya.

Simba signed the ex Leopards midfielder and captain in June, this year after agreeing to a US$ 6,250 transfer fee as a buyout of the player for the remaining six month on his contract. The deal was done after weeks of negotiations but the diminutive midfielder has struggled to establish himself at the club.

Ahead of the second round of the Vodacom Premier League, Simba who are the defending champions have roped in Ugandan international goalkeeper Abel Dhaira. Dhaira, the Uganda Cranes first-choice shot stopper, has joined the Msimbazi Street-based giants following the expiry of his contract with previous club, IBV of Iceland.

The 25-years old towering custodian is rated as one of the best goalkeepers in the CECAFA region and is set to challenge long serving Simba goalie Juma Kaseja for the number one jersey. Dhaira competed at the 2012 CECAFA Cup, where he was hospitalised following a collision with an opposition player.

He has also played club football in Uganda, the Congo and Iceland for Express, URA and AS Vita and made his international debut for Uganda in 2009. Simba have also reunited with Ugandan midfielder Mussa Mudde, who was rumoured to heading back to Sofapaka after a brief stint with the Msimbazi Street giants where he joined mid this year.

The Ugandan midfield kingpin was unfortunate after he picked up an ankle injury during the Cecafa club championship that kept him off action for over three months and was later released by the club. But Simba insisted the Ugandan ace is still on a valid contract. Simba are currently third in the top flight league with 23 points and they trail leaders Yanga by six points. Azam FC occupy second position with 24 points.

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