THE arrival of the Mainland Premier League defending champions' new coach Patrick Liewig has been delayed at least for two days and the Frenchman is now due to jet in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.
He will straight away head to the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam to witness an international friendly encounter to pit his new team and Kenya champions Tusker FC. Simba are set to appoint Liewig, a former manager of the Paris Saint Germain Academy as their new coach.
Liewig has been earmarked by the Simba management as the outstanding candidate to replace Serbian Milovan Cirkovic, who guided the club to league glory last season. Simba Information Officer, Ezekiel Kamwaga told journalists yesterday that the French coach was initially set to arrive in Dar es Salaam yesterday but he failed to get flight ticket.
"We expected him here today (yesterday) unfortunately he has failed to get flight ticket because of the flood of travellers during this festival season. However, he has now managed to get ticket and we expect him here on Saturday (tomorrow) afternoon," said Kamwaga.
Liewig will be assisted by Ugandan Mosses Basena, who is returning to the team's technical bench after just one year, while Jamhuri Kihwelo is a new team manager. Liewig coached Asec Mimosas of Cote D'Ivoire between 2004 and 2009, winning a couple of domestic cups and leading the club to the semi-finals of the African Champions League in 2009.
Liewig was nominated with the coach of the Egyptian national team and the coach of Al Ahly for the award of the best coach of Africa in 2006, the award won by Egypt coach Hassan Shehata, winner of the African Cup of Nations 2006. On tomorrow's match Kamwaga said Simba will use its full strength squad including players recruited in the just concluded mini- transfer window.
Among the players include Ugandan international goalkeeper Abel Dhaira, who has signed a two-year deal to feature for Simba. 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. Kamwaga further said Zambian striker Felix Sunzu, is set to rejoin the team and is due in Dar es Salaam today, while Uganda ace striker Emmanuel Okwi and Dhaira will arrive tomorrow ready for the match.