Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

13 January 2013

Tanzania: More Join Simba's Oman Camp

SIX Simba SC players who were with the national soccer team, Taifa Stars in their away friendly match in Ethiopia are expected to join their colleagues in Oman on Sunday.

According to the training programme, the players Juma Kaseja, Mrisho Ngasa, Shomari Kapombe, Amir Maftah, Amri Kiemba and Mwinyi Kazimoto are expected in Oman for two weeks training camp the team is undergoing.

A source within the club said yesterday that the players who were taking part in the Mapinduzi Cup in Zanzibar in which Simba was eliminated in the semi-finals by defending champion Azam FC arrived yesterday in Oman for the same course.

Those who arrived on Friday are attacking midfielders Ramadhan Singano, Abdallah Seseme while holding midfielder Jonas Mkude was expected to join the team yesterday evening.

It was not immediately established whether the likes of Edward Christopher, goalie Wilbert Mweta, Paul Ngalema, Abdallah Juma, Haruna Chanongo, Hassan Isihaka, Hassan Hatibu, Mussa Mudde and Miraj Adam will be joining the team in the Arab nation.

Fourteen senior Simba players boarded the Muscat-bound flight on Wednesday to prepare for the second round of the Mainland Premier League and CAF Champions League. Those who made early departure to Oman include Felix Sunzu, Haruna Moshi 'Boban', Haruna Shamte, Ramadhani Chombo 'Redondo', Kigi Makassy, Salim Kinje, Nassor Said 'Cholo' and goalie Abel Dhaira from Uganda.

While in Oman the team will play three international friendly matches including a game against Fanja FC and other Oman top league teams. Simba signed a cooperation deal with defending Omantel Elite League champion Fanja, aiming to revive ties between the two clubs that date back to the seventies and eighties.

The deal was signed in Muscat last month between Simba chairman Ismail Aden Rage and his Fanja counterpart Hamyar al Ismaily. Simba recently hired Frenchman Patrick Liewig, former Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) Academy coach, in its bid to defend the domestic league crown.

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