Simba SC to decide Aussems’ fate

28Nov 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Simba SC to decide Aussems’ fate

THE future of Patrick Aussems as head coach of Vodacom Premier League defending champions, Simba SC, will be known today when the club’s management convenes a meeting in Dar es Salaam to discuss his fate.

Simba SC head coach, Patrick Aussems.

Simba SC suspended Aussems for three days for his two-day absence during the international break without informing the club’s management.

He however returned and guided the team to 3-0 win over Ruvu Shooting in a Premier League clash which took place in Dar es Salaam last weekend.

Simba SC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Senzo Mazingisa, in a brief interview yesterday confirmed of today’s meeting but stopped short of divulging more details.

Mazingisa said the public will be informed of the outcome of the meeting.

“The meeting will be held tomorrow (today), it will tackle a lot of things, but the main one will be on the coach’s,” he said.

Aussems recently confirmed to the media that he has been suspended for three days and he is seeking legal help from his lawyers to guide him on the matter.

The Belgian tactician also told the local media that he will welcome any decision taken by Simba’s board of directors.

“It is true I have received the letter stating the club's decision and it came just after our game against Ruvu Shooting,” he disclosed.

“The club says they took the decision after I had gone missing for two days while I was attending to my private issues.”

“The letter states I have been suspended until the board sits on November 28 and decide the next step, so, I have to wait until then to see what their decision will be.”

“All in all, I have engaged my legal advisors seeking their help before I take the next step. You know the suspension means I will not be able to undertake my usual duties so getting a legal direction will be appropriate for me,” he is reported to have said.

Sources within the club have disclosed Mazingisa who is strict on discipline was not happy with the head coach’s absence without informing club management.

The official was as well dismayed by indiscipline among players and supporting staff.

It is alleged that Aussems has been making close friends with indiscipline players to the extent that he shields them from punishment.

The tendency has resulted into poor performance by some of the team’s players.

Simba who have an expensively assembled squad on the land, are leading the Premier League table with 25 points from 10 games, recording eight victories, managing one draw and conceding one defeat.

However, some of domestic soccer analysts feel that terminating Aussems’ contract will not solve Simba woes.

Dar es Salaam-based soccer analyst Michael Msemakweli said terminating Aussems’ contract at this time will have bigger consequences to the club than maintaining him.

“To me, terminating Aussems’ contract will not solve any problem at the club, it will be akin to dealing with symptoms, not curing the disease,” he disclosed.

“Simba and many of our clubs’ problems are systemic, I think there are big issues which our clubs need to resolve.”

“It’s a shared responsibility not only the head coach… even the new head coach will be in the same situation.”

He further said the setup of local football is not favourable to many coaches, especially those from Europe.

“In other countries, especially in Europe the coach is flexible to implement his football philosophies, the club only provides strategic guidance.”

“The coach is given autonomy to execute his duties without interference by anyone, the tactician is also given the opportunity to appoint his backroom staff which includes assistant coaches, physical fitness trainer, and goalkeepers’ trainer.”

“Is this happening in our country? Without these, believe me, no coach will excel in our country.”

Under Aussems’ guidance, Simba SC reached the quarterfinals of 2018/2019 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League.

The club defended the Mainland Premier League top honour the same year recording 93 points.

The Msimbazi Street side, moreover, won two domestic top flight’s Community Shield matches.

Simba further emerged Kagame Cup runners-up, losing to compatriots, Azam FC, in the final.

Simba SC’s efforts to replicate their last season’s achievements in the CAF Champions League ended in vain, given they faced an early exit from this season’s competition, conceding defeat to UD Songo of Mozambique.

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