Kagere's agent blasts Simba SC coach

16Sep 2020
Michael Mwebe
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Kagere's agent blasts Simba SC coach

THE agent of Simba SC out of favour striker, Meddie Kagere, has blasted the outfit's head coach, Sven Vandenbroeck, for not giving the Rwandan international enough playing minutes.

Meddie Kagere

Kagere has lost his place in the starting 11 in the side and that has apparently upset the striker, or at the very least his agent, Patrick Gakumba, who has come out to blame the Belgian coach.

On Saturday against Mtibwa Sugar, Kagere was a second half substitute once again.

He has started a mere seven games out of the last 20 under Vandenbroeck.

While it is clear Kagere is no longer the first choice striker at Simba, Vandenbroeck has insisted all is well and he has faith in all of his strikers.

"I have faith in all of my strikers in the team, the old and new ones. However, I always give priority to the player I feel is better and in-form, the one who will help the team,” Vandenbroeck said in one of his pre-match interviews.

The coach noted; "In this case, Bocco has been in top form, he executes his role well, and the most important thing is that he follows all my instructions to the latter and it is the reason I keep selecting him.''

Vandenbroeck prefers to employ one mobile forward and, with the addition of two more strikers in the transfer window, Kagere has been linked with a move away from Simba.

His agent, though, has moved in to quash that speculation after stressing that they will honour their contract but he also blasted the coach for not giving the player ample time on the pitch.

Gakumba said; ''You have asked me why Kagere is not playing? Let me tell you, you cannot sweep away someone’s ability. You can’t sabotage him while the fans know his ability. It is true these things happen.''

''It was done to Samuel Eto’o at Barcelona, Angel Di Maria and Demba Ba but in the end the truth revealed itself and fans demanded for ability,” he disclosed.

“The team belongs to the fans, it does not belong to the coach. Time will tell. The qualities of a two-time top scorer in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda and SportPesa Super Cup.''

''We also saw how he played when he came on in the first match and even scored a goal that was illegitimately disallowed.''

“I don't want to talk too much, time will tell. We still have time and many offers on the table and more are still coming our way.''

''Since Simba have honoured his contract we told clubs that wanted him to wait. We can’t sign pre-contract while Kagere has no problem with Simba.”

“Simba have got nothing to do with playing time, that’s the coach issue. The coach should know what happened to his fellow who ignored Kagere at Gor Mahia. He will see what will happen. The team belongs to fans.''