Simba SC now enjoys success in Tanzania 

21Aug 2021
Nassir Nchimbi
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Simba SC now enjoys success in Tanzania 

​​​​​​​FROM 2018 to date, Tanzania's football big guns, Simba SC, has gone through a period of grace due to the great success the club has achieved in continental and local competitions.

Simba SC's players jubilate shortly after they had notched a goal against Al Merreikh of Sudan in the previous season's CAF Champions League's group stage tie, which took place in Dar es Salaam in March. Simba SC won 3-0. PHOTO: COURTESY OF SIMBA SC

Simba SC has lifted four Mainland Premier League titles, two Azam Sports Federation Cup tournaments' top honours, and four Community Shields.

Internationally, the team managed to reach the quarterfinals of the CAF Champions League twice and it was the 2018/2019 season when they were beaten by TP Mazembe 4-1 on aggregate.

Simba came back to that stage last season and was stuck in front of South Africa's Kaizer Chiefs, with the latter trouncing the former 4-3 on aggregate

By reaching the quarterfinals of the CAF Champions League twice, Simba has reaped a total of $ 1,300,000 (3bn/-) as cash prize, thanks to their progression to the quarterfinal.

Simba has moreover earned $ 560,000 (1.5 bn/-) also after selling two of its key players, Luis Miquissone, who sealed a move to Egypt's Al Ahly for $ 1 million (2.3 bn/-) and Clatous Chama, sold to Morocco's RS Berkane for $ 600,000 (1.4 bn/-).

If one sums up the amount of money Simba has harvested over the past three years by reaching the quarterfinals twice and selling the Chama and Miquissone, the team will have raised 6.7 bn/-.

With Simba raking in 6.7bn/-, the side can use the cash to finance its operation for just one season due to the rising value of the team, also if it decides to use it for other uses, it can do a variety of development projects.

Five stadiums

Gwambina Stadium in Misungwi District, Mwanza, has been built at a cost of about 900m/- with a natural grass playing area, stands that accommodate about 11,000 fans and a car parking area.

With the large sum of cash that Simba has accumulated within three years, they can build five stadiums with the same capacity and remain with discretionary income that they can carry out other activities.

Hostel for players

Azam FC is the only local football outfit with the most modern hostels used by their senior and junior teams.

The outfit also has a state-of-the-art swimming pool and gym, dining hall, and conference hall.

It is estimated that the construction of the hostels has cost Azam FC 2bn/-.

This means with 6.7bn/-, Simba could build hostels in three different prestigious venues similar to the existing Azam Complex.

It is estimated that one three-star hotel could cost 3bn/- as low cost.

Simba could decide to build two three-star hotels and turn them into a sustainable source of income for the club.

Modern Academy

The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) is building two major football centers, one in Kigamboni, Dar es Salaam and another in Tanga, at a total cost of 9bn/-.

The facilities will have artificial and natural grass training grounds, hostels, swimming pools, dining halls, conference halls, and lounge areas.

With 6.7bn/- that Simba raked in within three years, the club could build one big football center and make football investments for youngsters who could later be sold and help the club earn a huge amount of money.

Former Simba striker, Musa Hassan ‘Mgosi’, said: “Football is business which results in a lot of money."

Hassan added: ''If you see such success then you should know the investment that Simba's Board of Directors Chairman, Mohammed Dewji, and the club have made is paying off, so, I believe in the next few years we will make even greater strides.''

Various stakeholders have stressed that Simba's investment, as well as the side's ability to fulfil its goals, have brought the club to where it is.

60 Passengers' Buses

One modern bus with 40 seats costs about 104m/-, so Simba can buy a total of 62 buses and run a transport business that can earn the club a lot more money than it earned in three years.

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