Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

23 February 2013

Tanzania: Simba Finally Settle Milovan's Dispute

AT last Simba have settled the dust, after processing settlement of 32,000 US dollars (about 50m/-) to their former coach, Milovan Circkovic.Reports within the club said on Friday that Simba's financier, Rahma Al Kharoos, deposited 35,000 US dollars to the coach's account, which is a 3,000 US dollars more than what is owed to the Serbian tactician following a breach of contract.

The Swift Money Transfer was made through Rahma Business and Practices (RBP) Bank Muscat account on Thursday to Milovan's Raiffeisen Bank-AD of Serbia and later transacted to the bank's Belgrade Serbia branch. Al Kharoos struck the agreement with the axed Serbian coach in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday, in which she pledged to start settling the debt, which is four months' salary.

Following the talks held at JB Delmonte Hotel, Cirkovic availed Rahma with his bank account so that she could deposit the money. The soft spoken coach insisted that he would only return to his native Serbia when the club settles the payment."I am going to remain here until the payments are settled, after that I'll go back to Serbia to look for another job," said Cirkovic who left the door open for a possible return.

Rahma said that Simba ought to pay Cirkovic as per their contractual agreement. She argued there was no reason the club delayed the payment as it would only tarnish its image.The businesswoman, who also presides as a member of Simba's finance committee, had tough words for Simba leaders, as she accused them of entertaining football politics, rather than helping the team perform well in competitions.

"We're using a lot of energy and money to develop the club, I want the leaders to stop playing politics in football...the fans want to see football being played, if they are not capable they should leave their posts," she said.

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