Hussein's manager sheds light on challenges facing local soccer player

04May 2021
Nassir Nchimbi
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Hussein's manager sheds light on challenges facing local soccer player

THE manager of Simba Sports Club's assistant captain, Mohamed Hussein, Herry Chibakasa, alias 'Herry Mzozo', has set the media agenda of local sports in recent days.

Herry Chibakasa

His stance on the fate of the left fullback on whether the player will remain with Simba SC or leave the club has made the manager a pearl for sports journalists who have repeatedly called him or interviewed him face-to-face.

Unlike many other managers, who manage their clients when their contracts expire, they make statements to give the players' clubs a first chance at negotiating a new contract, the situation has been different for a dispute he (Chibakasa) has come up with.

Chibakasa said that he and his client had already agreed that they would not extend a new contract with Simba as the player had not been shown great respect and value within the team for about seven years he served.

The manager noted that despite Hussein's great contribution to the team, the fullback has been paid a little salary during his tenure and a low signing fee for his new contract unlike other players in the team.

He went further by saying that Simba have always valued foreign players more than locals who are not given the respect and value they deserve at the club.

Luckily Hussein has reached an agreement with Simba and he has extended his three-year contract to serve the Msimbazi Street-based big guns.

I try to reflect on Chibakasa's statements in both sides of the coin, which one is the truth and legitimacy of what he is saying and managing ethics but also the other side is that of the manager's mistakes in his statements.

With a view to fighting for the player's interests, Chibakasa has done the right thing because he is the one who has the ultimate responsibility to manage the rights and entitlements of his client.

He must create a better environment and enable the player he is managing to get the best interest through a new contract, be it for the team he serves or another side.

It is possible that Chibakasa has been making the remarks with the intention of pressuring Simba to give his client a lot more money than even what they were thinking of giving the defender they roped in from Kagera Sugar.

Chibakasa also said that he has already reached an agreement with other clubs so what he is talking about is probably due to the fact that there is a possibility that he and his client will get a large amount of money from other outfit.

On the contrary, there is some way in which Chibakasa has not done justice to Simba SC and the manager would have been advised to apologize for his statements which could affect the club's logo and status.

Chibakasa's allegations that Simba do not not value local players in relation to the delay of his player signing a new contract is incorrect and should not have been made by someone like him.

Hussein is one of the elite players who has served Simba for so long that he has been selected as the team's assistant captain.

If the locals were not valued, could he be given the assistant skipper role at the club on the expense of the foreign ones?

The answer is simply no, because he and the club's skippr, John Bocco, are both Tanzanians while the foreigners are left out!

Hussein joined Simba at a young age of below 20 again not as a big-name player or with a guaranteed number in the Kagera Sugar starting eleven squad, but Simba trusted him and gave him a chance to make him what he is today.

If the native players were not valued could he be given all these chance and grow into a player he is today.

But before Hussein, several players managed by Chibakasa have played for Simba successfully at different times and some have been favourites within the team.

The players include forward Athuman Iddi Machupa and midfielders Haruna Moshi ‘Boban’ and Ramadhan Chombo ‘Redondo’.

If Simba did not care about the local players I do not think Chibakasa would have continued to agree to work with them to this day under his managerial of Hussein.

We need to have managers and supervisors who will fight for the interests of their players in the right ways that do not disrupt relationships between their players and the clubs they turn out for.

There is a lesson to be learned from the Chibakasa and Simba SC saga in dealing with the issue of players' new contract.

Others should use it as a class including respective clubs that delay to extend contracts of key players.

Such players find themselves in the position of being free to negotiate with other clubs due to the eligiblity of them having a six month remaining contract on their paperwork.

It is advisable for clubs to extend the contracts of their key players one year before the players enter the six-month term of their remaining contract in order to do away with the pressure we have learned from Chibakasa and Simba SC saga.

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