Simba finalising appointment of new coach

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Simba are putting the finishing touches on a deal to appoint a new coach. The position fell vacant last week following the decision to part ways with Robert ‘Robertinho’ Oliveira.

Imani Kajula

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Simba are putting the finishing touches on a deal to appoint a new coach. The position fell vacant last week following the decision to part ways with Robert ‘Robertinho’ Oliveira.

Robertinho was sacked as Simba coach following a 5-1 home defeat by bitter city rivals Young Africans in a NBC Premier League derby on Sunday, 5 November.

Goalkeeper coach Daniel Cadena who holds a UEFA A Pro licence was appointed as interim head coach as the club searches for Robertinho’s replacement.

Simba CEO, Imani Kajula has confirmed to the press that negotiations are on-going and in the next few days the club will announce a new tactician to lead the team forward. 

“So far, I must make it clear that we have received a lot of CVs. They are CVs from coaches all over the world, but as a club we have our criteria. The criteria are the important qualities we consider when looking for a coach. We are at an advanced stage.” Kajula said

” I can tell Simba fans that in the next few days we will announce a new coach who we believe will be a big catalyst for the development of our club.”

Belgian Sven Vandenbroeck and Algerian Abdelhak Benchikha are among the names currently under consideration for the role. Vandenbroeck had a successful spell with Simba between 2019 and 2020. He led Simba to a league title, Federation Cup, Community Shield and CAF Champions League Group Stage qualification before resigning abruptly to take over Morocco’s AS FAR Rabat.

Since then Vandenbroeck has had short stints with ABHA of Saudi Arabia, Morocco’s Wydad and Algeria’s CR Belouizdad where he stayed for less than two months. He is now a free agent.

Benchikha led USMA Alger to win CAF Confederation Cup and Super Cup titles last season and is considered one of the favourite candidates. He is shortlisted for the CAF Coach of the year award. 

The new coach is expected to be appointed before the end of the international break. He will be expected to help Simba qualify for the knockout in the CAF Champions League as well as wrestle the NBC Premier League title from Young Africans.

Simba have resumed training for the CAF Champions League Group Stage campaign. They will open their Champions League Group stage campaign with a home game against ASEC  Mimosas on 25th November before making the trip to Botswana to face Jwaneng Galaxy on December 2.

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