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Kim succeeds namesake Poulsen at Stars

12th May 2012
Coach Kim Poulsen

The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has promoted youth national soccer coach Kim Poulsen, 53, to be the chief coach of the senior side, Taifa Stars.

TFF president Leodegar Tenga said yesterday that the Danish tactician took over the job from his countryman Jan Poulsen whose contract the soccer body had breached because of performing below standard.

His two-year contract was supposed to end on July 30 but the TFF annual meeting held recently decided to terminate the contract.

Tenga said that Kim was given a year’s contract starting yesterday.

Tenga, who doubles as the chairman of the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa), said the federation had decided to replace Jan Poulsen early because the team had big tasks ahead.

The trainer needs to join the team as early as possible to cope with the players, he stated.

The new coach starts training the team ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) and World Cup qualifiers kicking off next month. 

Kim has been in the country for one year as head coach of the national youth sides, under-17 (Serengeti Boys) and under-20 (Ngorongoro Heroes).

On his part, Kim agreed to take the top job and promised to try his best level once he gets support from the body and local soccer fans.

The out going Poulsen took over the job from the Brazilian Marcio Maximo who improved the local soccer standard.

When the Brazilian left at 96th in the Fifa rankings but when the Poulsen came the country has been dropping drastically.

Kim was born on March 22, 1959. He most notably guided Viborg FF to the 2000 Danish Cup.

He only played amateur football as an active player. As a football manager, he gained national recognition when he won promotion with Danish club Aarhus Fremad five times in only nine years, from 1987 to 1995. He managed AC Horsens from 1996 to 1997 before moving back to Aarhus Fremad in 1998.

He managed AC Horsens again in 1999, before moving to Viborg FF the same year. Under Poulsen, Viborg FF turned fully professional and won the 2000 Danish Cup as well as the 2000 Danish Super Cup.

In 2001, Poulsen was fired before joining Randers FC. In 2002, he moved to Singapore to train its under-18 national side, the Young Lions and later recruited by Singapore Armed Forces FC. He then moved back to Denmark and joined Vejle Boldklub in January 2006 on a three year contract. He was fired by the club in April 2007 and later joined Næstved BK in July 2007.

In June 2010, he was named new manager of FC Hjørring. He left the club in April 2011 after being named new coach of the Tanzania national under-21 football team.

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