Simba reach agreement with Coton Sport to sign New Rigobert Song

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Simba have reached an agreement with Cameroonian side Coton Sport  to sign centre back Che Malone Fondoh Junior on a two year deal.

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Simba have reached an agreement with Cameroonian side Coton Sport  to sign centre back Che Malone Fondoh Junior on a two year deal.

Simba had a first bid worth $40,000 rejected last week. They  made a second offer of $70,000  to Cotonsport as part of efforts to sign the 24-year-old Cameroon National Team defender which was also rejected.

Malone had a year left to run on his deal with Cotonsport but contract negotiations cooled but the defender was keen to join Simba having agreed personal terms earlier on.  Cotonsport were reluctant to  comply with the Cameroon international’s wishes over a potential exit.

Coton Sport had officially told Simba they wanted $200, 000 to release the defender from his contract in Garoua. Simba were adamant that they would not go above their improved offer of $70,000 and were ready to consider alternatives.

But talks between the clubs renewed earlier on Thursday and appear to have finally yielded a positive conclusion for all parties. Simba have now agreed to pay a transfer fee reportedly in the upwards of $100,000.

If the deal is confirmed, Malone is coming as a replacement for Mohamed Outtara who was released last week having failed to impress the club since joining from Sudan’s Al Hilal at the start of 2022/23 campaign.

Malone will compete for a starting place with Kenyan international defender Joash Onyango and DR Congo stalwart Henock Inonga Baka at the heart of Simba defence. 

Born on May 23, 1999, the 24-year-old is highly-rated in Cameroon and nicknamed the ‘new Rigobert Song. In June, Malone inspired Coton Sport’s running to their 18th domestic league title in the elite One championship.

He made his full international debut for Cameroon in a friendly match against Jamaica in Yaounde before the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and later featured in all of his Indomitable Lions’ group stage games during the 2022 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Algeria in January this year.

Simba SC finished second in the Tanzania Premier League this season with 73 points, five points behind Young Africans are rebuilding their squad as they look to reclaim their lost glory next season. 

In addition to playing in the CAF Champions League, Simba will represent Tanzania in the inaugural edition of the African Super League set to kick off in October this year.

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