9 November 2018

Tanzania: Task Ahead Is Huge for New Simba Leaders

SIMBA SC has finally conducted leadership election over the weekend, with a new crop of leaders ascending to the throne, while many football stakeholders are hoping for major reforms in running the club.

With the election over, the all-important-question that is likely to be in many Simba fans' minds is the new club leadership's contribution to the club's new structure of ownership that has led to the introduction of shares.

But what is perhaps more important is the role of the new club leadership in the club's participation, both in the local league and the continental club tournament.

Going forward, the new Simba leadership needs to know that the club's success does not start and end with their arch rivals, Young Africans, but is bigger than that.

The new Simba leadership must and ought to get to a point where they are more concerned in not losing a match in the continental club tournament than against their arch rivals.

The same is true for Yanga... they should understand that their success does not start and end with a win against Simba. It is now time our clubs should focus on winning big matches in the continental club championships.

In order to do better in the continental club soccer tournament, the new Simba leadership need to use the forthcoming registration window more sensibly, bringing in players who will help the team prosper in CAF Champions League.

After getting into the new structure of club ownership that has overnight led to the club's increased financial strength, what with the coming in of Mohammed Dewji, who owns 49 per cent stake at the club. It should be the onus of the new Simba leadership to ensure that they spend the billions of shillings they are provided with for registration purposes in getting the right crop of players if they want their club to click in the continental club soccer tournament.

It's important for the new Simba leadership to realise that the only way of demonstrating to the Tanzanian soccer world the difference between their club and others in the region can be provided through the pedigree of players they register for the team.

Much as we congratulate the new leadership under the chairmanship of Swedy Mkwabi and five Board of Directors of the club. It is equally important to let them know that the task ahead of them is huge. They have the task of transforming the club's status from one of the oldest in the country to one of the most successful clubs in Africa.

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