Simba SC's top official has four tasks for 2022/23 season 

23Jun 2022
Nassir Nchimbi
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Simba SC's top official has four tasks for 2022/23 season 

​​​​​​​ON September 29 last year, Salim Abdallah, alias ‘Try Again’, was appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Simba SC after the club’s honorable president Mohamed Dewji had announced his resignation from the post.

Simba SC Board of Directors Chairman, Salim Abdallah.

Abdallah has already completed nine months in the post from the time he was appointed by Dewji while failing to achieve some of the successes achieved by the leader who left the position.

Since coming to power, Abdallah has tasted the only joy of seeing Simba SC lift the 2022 Mapinduzi Cup showdown.

The outfit has, under his leadership, failed to defend the Premier League and Azam Sports Federation Cup (ASFC) titles.

Simba SC has already relinquished the ASFC trophy after conceding a 1-0 defeat to age-old rival, Yanga, in the semi-final with a goal scored by midfielder Feisal Salum from out of 18 yards propelling the latter to the final.

In 2021/22 NBC Premier League, Simba SC has two matches left, with Yanga having already clinched the showdown's top honour.

The Guardian brings forth four benchmarks for Abdallah towards the 2022/23 season to ensure he helps the Msimbazi Street side regain its edge.

This season's NBC Premier League is inching closer to climax, with Simba SC and other outfits starting to cast an eye on the footballers that have done well and seeking to sign them to reinforce their respective squads.

Currently, Simba SC under Abdallah's leadership needs a big budget to make sure it brings in footballers based on demand so that they can help the side reclaim trophies it has failed to defend this season.

The footballers will moreover be tasked with helping the squad excel in CAF Champions League after making it to the quarterfinal stage on three occasions in continental showpieces in five years.

Simba SC further has a challenging test to make sure the club keeps footballers whose contracts with the club expire at the end of this season.

The players are Aishi Manula, Joash Onyango, John Bocco, Chris Mugalu, Hassan Dillunga, and others, the side moreover needs to sign other players to improve.

Simba SC which has been advancing to the quarterfinals of the CAF club competitions for four consecutive seasons has been asked to make significant signings to make it to either of the events' semi-finals and eventually the final.

Dewji took charge of the outfit which won four consecutive Mainland Premier League titles and two ASFC titles.

It is a feat Abdallah has failed to achieve after the official's stint this season. He needs to invest more to do well.

If he does well in ensuring Simba makes big signings at the start of the season, he will bring competition to Yanga that has proved to be the best this season.

The Jangwani Street side has managed to reach the ASFC final stage after witnessing the rival lift the competition's title on previous occasions.

With Simba having garnered success in continental competitions in three consecutive seasons, it needs more effort to advance to either of the showpieces' semi-finals as making it to the last eight has turned out to be normal.

Msimbazi Street club's leadership has also acknowledged that it needs more success than it already has.

The official noted they look forward to making their squad stamp its authority in next season's Champions League due to the four places Tanzania has got in the team representation in African competitions.

This season's dream of reaching the semi-finals of the Confederation Cup vanished after Simba crashed out of the last eight via a loss to South Africa's Orlando Pirates.

Simba will in the 2022/23 season battle it out in the Champions League, it ought to mature and if Abdallah wants to build more respect for the players, his leadership needs to form a team that will move beyond the quarterfinals.

This season Simba has won the Mapinduzi Cup and will also be tasked with retaining the tournament's silverware next season to continue to build its good record.

Simba will be vying for their fifth title in the tournament that takes place in Zanzibar after winning four trophies, with the 2022 Mapinduzi Cup being one of them.

Msimbazi Street squad had earlier won the showdown's trophy in 2008, 2011, and 2015.

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