Simba SC confirms French Didier Gomes da Rosa as new coach

25Jan 2021
Michael Mwebe
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Simba SC confirms French Didier Gomes da Rosa as new coach

On Saturday he was reported to have paid his release clause after informing them he had received a better offer elsewhere.

New Simba SC's head coach, Didier Gomes da Rosa (L), signs a contract with the club in Dar es Salaam on Sunday. Looking on (R) is Simba SC's Chief Executive Officer, Barbara Gonzalez, and the outfit's information officer, Haji Manara. PHOTO: CORRESPONDENT JUMANNE JUMA

Gomes said he is honoured to join Simba SC and he is eager to work with the club in the long time.

"I am very happy to be here (Simba SC) and we have the opportunity to do more together in the future," he disclosed.

After Vandenbroeck's abrupt departure a day after guiding Simba to the 2020/21 CAF Champions League group stage, assistant coach Selemani Matola was in charge of the team temporarily until the appointment of the new foreign coach.

Da Rosa is expected to take the outfit, alias 'Msimbazi Reds', to the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League and also make sure the club retains the Mainland Tanzania Premier League title.

The Tanzania representatives in the premier continental club competition qualified for tournament group stage for the third time after overcoming Nigeria’s Plateau United and Zimbabwe's FC Platinum in the two preliminary rounds.

Simba face a daunting task this year after they were once again drawn against Egypt’s Al Ahly and DR Congo’s AS Vita Club in Group A.

Simba will also have trips to Sudan to face Da Rosa’s immediate former employers, Al Merreikh.

Da Rosa comes with lots of experience on the African scene as he has managed clubs in West and North Africa.

He had a successful stint with Cameroonian side, Coton Sport, from 2013 to 2015.

He helped the side win the league title twice, the cup tournament once, besides reaching the CAF Confederation Cup semi-final.

It would not be the first time for Da Rosa to work in East Africa, as he previously guided Rwanda’s Rayon Sport. He also led Algeria’s CS Constantine in the 2015/2016 season...read more from https://epaper.ippmedia.com

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