FRENCH coach, Patrick Liewig (62) has signed an eight months contract to assume coaching role at Mainland Premier League giants Simba SC.
Simba Vice-Chairman, Geoffrey Nyange 'Kaburu' confirmed that the French tactician has put pen to paper and will assume his duties immediately.
The signing was held at Spice Hotel, Lumumba in Dar es Salaam, where Simba was represented by the club's Advocate Allan Maduhu, while Nyange signed on behalf of the leadership.
Liewig, the former manager of the Paris Saint German Academy replaces Serbian Milovan Cirkovic, who guided the club to league glory last season. Cirkovic also won the Community Shield and Urafiki Cup. He was introduced to members of the club's Executive Committee on Monday night.
Simba Secretary General Evodius Mtawala said the Frenchman was set to leave for Zanzibar to start his new job.
Liewig, who arrived in Dar es Salaam on Monday, told reporters that he was a bit late to take up the new job but he will utilize fully the team's planned trip to Oman to prepare for the last round of the top flight league as well as for the CAF Champions League.
"I'm happy to work for Simba. I know it is a great team with huge fan base across the country, as well as in some part of the continent. I will team up with my colleagues to ensure that we build a strong team for the best results," he said.
He 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.
He was nominated along 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. Liewig's first task will be to lead Simba in the Mapinduzi Cup which kick off today in Zanzibar.
Simba has been pooled along with Tusker FC of Kenya, who beat them 3-0 in a friendly match played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday evening. The other teams in the Pool are Jamhuri of Pemba and Bandari. In Group B, Azam FC Mtibwa Sugar, Coastal Sugar and Miembeni will square off.
The Mapinduzi Cup is a celebration to commemorate 49 years of Zanzibar's independence. Simba will officially open their campaign today against Jamhuri of Pemba at the Amaan Stadium in Zanzibar, reports Mwajuma Juma in Zanzibar. According to the spokesperson of the Organising Committee, Farouk Karim, the match will kick off at 7pm.
It will be preceded by the match between Bandari and Tusker FC. In Group B, Mtibwa Sugar of Morogoro will face Miembeni of Zanzibar at the Mao Tsetung, which will kick off at 4pm.
Karim said on Thursday Jamhuri will play against Bandari from 4 pm, while Tusker will clash against Simba from 8 pm. On Saturday Mtibwa Sugar will entertain Coastal Union of Tanga, while Miembeni will have a duel against Azam FC. Winners of the tournament will pocket 10m/-, while runners up gets 5m/-.