Coach Sven Vandenbroeck’s highs and lows at Simba SC

11Jan 2021
Michael Mwebe
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Coach Sven Vandenbroeck’s highs and lows at Simba SC

BELGIAN Sven Vandenbroeck’s time as Simba SC head coach came to an end on Thursday night after one year at the club.

Former Simba SC's head coach, Sven Vandenbroeck.

What started as rumours was ultimately confirmed by the club on its official Twitter feed on Thursday night.

Selemani Matola, Vandenbroeck’s assistant, has been named the interim coach for the club as a search for the new coach ensues.

"The Board of Directors of Simba Sports Club announces to its members and fans that we have parted ways with our head coach Sven Vandenbroeck by mutual consent," read the club statement.

The late night development came only a day after Vandenbroeck had led Simba SC to a commanding 4-0 win against Zimbabwe's FC Platinum to send Simba SC to the lucrative CAF Champions League group stage.

The 41-year old Belgian was appointed in December, 2019 as a replacement of compatriot, Patrick Aussems, who had been sacked a month earlier.

He was in charge in 55 games across all competitions with Simba SC. He recorded 39 wins, 10 draws and six losses.

Here are some of the highs and lows of his tenure at the Msimbazi Street-based side:

Qualification for 2020/21 CAF Champions League group stage

It was not a secret that one of the issues that led to the sacking of his predecessor was the failure to reach the 2019/20 CAF Champions League group stage.

Simba were eliminated in the preliminary round by unfancied UD Songo of Mozambique.

Vandenbroeck guided Simba back to the CAF Champions League after masterminding a 4-1 aggregate win over Zimbabwean side FC Platinum on Wednesday.

Simba, in the processs became the first Tanzania club to qualify for that stage for the third time.

Winning the 2020 Azam Sports Federation Cup

Simba SC faced Namungo FC in the 2020 Azam Sports Federation Cup and Vandenbroeck led the former to a 2-0 victory over the Lindi-based club. This was a trophy that had eluded Simba for two years.

The Vodacom Premier League title had been won by Simba with a 14-point advantage over second-placed Yanga, which left Simba fans craving for a double.

Rivals, Azam FC and Yanga, stood in Vandenbroeck and Simba's way to the Azam Sports Federation Cup final.

They were both conquered by Simba at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam with confident displays that left no doubt which was the better team on the day.

Coach of the season hobour

Following Simba SC’s double titles, Vandenbroeck was nominated for the Coach of the Season award at the 2019/20 VPL awards which were held in Dar es Salaam in August, 2020.

The former Zambia national team's assistant coach became the second Belgian coach to win the VPL accolade, beating Burundian Thierry Hitimana of Namungo FC and Romanian Aristica Cioaba of Azam FC to the award.

Simba SC embarrassing Yanga

If one match under Vandenbroeck cements itself fondly in the memories of Simba's supporters, it is the team's 4-1 victory against fierce rivals, Yanga, in the Federation Cup semi-final match played in July, 2020.

It was one of the most dominant displays by Simba in a derby match in over two decades. It was the biggest victory margin since 2001.

Historic ‘Treble’ Win

He guided the Msimbazi Street-based club to the league title for the third time in a row, won the Federation Cup as well as the Community more on