SIMBA Head Coach, Patrick Aussems has cleared the air over his whereabouts, following rumours which spread like wild-fire that he had left the Mainland champions in cold. He has committed his future at the club.
The tactician left on Monday for his native Belgium and immediately after his sudden departure rumours started to spread on social media that he has decided to leave the club for good.
It was further reported that Aussems did not inform the club officials on his departure due to unknown reasons.
Aussems did not show up on his team’s training sessions at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) on Monday, fueling the spreading rumors that he has deserted the club.
For the past few weeks, Aussems has been linked with several clubs such as Zambian Nkana FC and AS Vita of Congo DR and his departure triggered much speculations.
However, Aussems cleared the air yesterday, confirming that it was true that he had left the country to his native home, where he has some personal issues to deal with.
He wrote through his Instagram account; “I had to leave for two days for personal reasons, I’ll be back tomorrow to prepare for our match against Ruvu Shooting and get three more points…..”
Simba Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Senzo Mazingiza also confirmed that Aussems had requested for a three day permission to deal with his personal issues in Belgium and believe the tactician will be back after three days.
Mazingiza insisted that coach Aussems is still employed at Simba SC and he will be back to assume his role.
“He sent an email to me on Monday morning, saying he has an emergency and he’s flying out, he did not say where he was going. When he’s back, I will have more details,” said Mazingiza.
The Belgian is expected to be back today to continue with his team’s preparations for their Mainland Premier League fixture against Ruvu Shooting, schedule for this weekend at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
With the absence of Aussems, Assistant Coach, Dennis Kitambi and Mussa Hassan ‘Mgosi’ will continue to guide the team’s training sessions.
Simba were due to face JKT Tanzania in a buildup match at Azam Complex yesterday night.
Simba sit top of the 20-team league pile on 22 points from nine games but the team’s recent performance has not impressed supporters.
The Msimbazi Reds lost 2-1 to Mwadui FC at the CCM Kambarage Stadium in Shinyanga last month before dropping two points after being held by Tanzania Prisons to a goalless draw at the Uhuru Stadium early this month.
The results did not augur well with some of the team’s fans, who pointed an accusing finger at the technical bench for fielding ‘weak’ players.
Recently, their rivals Young Africans parted ways with their Congolese tactician, Mwinyi Zahera following strings of poor performance in both local and international assignments.
Yanga were knocked out at the play off stage of the CAF Confederation Cup on 5-1 aggregate. The result forced Yanga’s leadership to disband the technical bench under Zahera.
And now, water is passing under the bridge with things getting to their normal tunes under Interim Coach, Charles Boniface Mkwasa.