Nkwabi reflects on 'high expectations' at Simba SC, Yanga

22May 2020
Michael Mwebe
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Nkwabi reflects on 'high expectations' at Simba SC, Yanga

FORMER Simba Sports Club chairman Swedi Nkwabi has revealed unrealistic high expectations is a recipe for chaos at Tanzanian top soccer clubs.

Swedi Nkwabi

Nkwabi was interviewed on the on current wave of transformation agenda at Yanga and Simba.

He noted there are high expectations that make fans dream of overnight success.

“Transformation is a slow process, it is not an overnight thing. It takes time to complete the transformation,'' he disclosed.

“It is an uncharted waters, we create high expectations high in our members which in turn leads to chaos. A club should clearly set out its goals, spell out attainable targets that should be communicated to all members to avoid chaos.''

“For instance, after reaching the CAF Champions League quarterfinals stage last season, there was unrealistic expectation at Simba. In reality the club is yet to do anything worth to be considered a title contender in CAF Champions League,” he said.

“Last season's achievement was a fluke. The club’s target was to make it to the Group Stage, anything else was a bonus. Fans should be aware of that.”

Nkwabi, who was elected as Simba Sports Club chairman in November 2018, found his position under severe pressure this season after what was reportedly his decision to question the direction of the club transformation process. He resigned in September last year.

The defending Premier League champions have since replaced Nkwabi with Mwina Kaduguda, who was appointed on an interim basis late last year. After years of mismanagement, the topflight clubs in Tanzania have been hit by a transformation bug.

In 2017, Simba kick started the transformation from being a community club to become a limited company. This week, 27-time Tanzania champions Yanga announced they have officially kicked off their transformation plan which will be done under the consultation of Spanish League organisers, La Liga. Commenting on the issue, Yanga spokesman Antonio Nugaz said they want to get it right this time after past attempts failed.

“We want to have a proper linear transformation. Transformation that will impact the club positively and get rid of personnels that aim for personal gain instead of promoting the interests of the club,’’ Nugaz said.