Cedric Kaze named in Mtibwa Sugar's head coaches shortlist

20Sep 2021
Nassir Nchimbi
The Guardian
Cedric Kaze named in Mtibwa Sugar's head coaches shortlist

FORMER Yanga head coach, Cedric Kaze, and former Simba's head coach, Joseph Omog, are among the coaches given a big chance to coach Premier League outfit, Mtibwa Sugar, next season.

After failing to rope in coach Thierry Hitimana that joined Simba SC, Mtibwa Sugar has resorted to looking for a head coach. 

Last season, Mtibwa Sugar changed coaches three times, once coach Zubeir Katwila joined Ihefu SC, the tactician was replaced by Vincent Barnabas who also found himself paving way for Mohammed Badru.

Mohamed is now the outfit's assistant coach due to the new CAF code prohibiting at least CAF B-licensed coaches from serving as head coaches in all leagues in Africa.

Mtibwa Sugar Chairman, Nassoro Abubakar, said they were in talks with Kaze and others, revealing if their talks will go well then one of them would be the team's head coach.

"We are in talks with many coaches who have applied to coach our team, which we are still working on to choose the best coach who will help us next season," he said.

He mentioned that others who need the job are former Azam FC and Simba SC tactician, Cameroonian Joseph Omog, and Serbian coach, Goran Kopunovic.

"There are many coaches with experience in Tanzanian football so from next week we will have a good time announcing our new coach before the league starts," he said.

Hitimana landed in his home country of Rwanda to pick up the bags to replace Mohamed Badru, who is now appointed as the assistant coach, but suddenly Hitimana joined Simba for what was allegedly a non-contract with Mtibwa Sugar.

Omog has a good memory in Tanzanian football as he enabled Azam FC to win its first Mainland Premier League title in the 2013/14 season.

Mtibwa Sugar continues training for the new season in Morogoro after completing a two-week camp in Dar es Salaam.

The move to hire a competent and experienced coach comes after the outfit avoided relegation twice in a row.

To overcome the problem, they saw fit to find a coach who can afford and withstand the Mainland Premier League challenges.

Mtibwa Sugar is determined to do well next season after making good signings of players who have played in the Premier League.

The footballers are, among others, Ibrahim Ame, Said Ndemla, and Abdi Banda.

Central defender, Ame, and midfielder, Ndemla, have moved to Mtibwa Sugar on loan from Simba.

The recruited footballers are expected to bring the club good balance.

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