Simba president comes under fire

01Aug 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Simba president comes under fire

SIMBA Sports Club president Evans Aveva, has come under fire by a huge number of members who attended the club’s annual general meeting in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

Tension mounted as Aveva ended the meeting with a newest agenda for management system changes to open room of floating shares played down and then deadlocked.

A huge crowd of Simba members who are believed to be supporting a member Mohamed Dewji, attempted to mob Aveva as he ended the meeting without clear cut decision for floating shares.

The Dewji-backed members have been raising their voice high claiming Aveva to step down and open the share floatation initiative with a view of transformation of the club into a limited company.

Under Aveva, the club has completely failed to win Mainland premiership title as members look to run short of patience. Adding salt on the wound, Simba lost two of their premiership legs to archrivals Yanga which ended a three-year voodoo.

Failure to win title and the two match losses stirred the new share floating initiative and eviction attempt of Aveva.

During his speech yesterday, Aveva admitted that Simba need to register competent players who would win the Mainland premiership title in the new season.

Simba’s best finish in the premiership is third-place behind dominant archrivals Young Africans and to some extent Azam FC.

Aveva said his management has been deeply disappointed by the prevailing situation as the club has failed to win a slot to represent the country in at least one of the continental club leagues.

"A club can only taste success following good preparations during registration and when the league gets underway. We have missed competent players for long spells and this is a reason for our lacklustre display in four successive seasons,” said Aveva.

The last time Simba won the Mainland premiership title was way back in 2011/12 season under Ismail Aden Rage as a club chairman.

Like their archrivals Young Africans, Simba are beneficiaries of three premiership sponsors namely Azam TV, Tanzania Breweries Limited and Vodacom Tanzania.

With colossal amount of sponsorship proceeds at their disposal, the club has been embroiled in financial crisis at times to stutter in meeting travel cost for premiership assignments upcountry. Remuneration cost has also been a problem with the club as players had several times attempted to strike during the just ended premiership season.

A travelling to Songea for a league match against Majimaji prompted some of the foreign players registered by the club to resort into go-slow.