AFTER parting ways with Coach Zoran Manojlovic, Simba said procedures to find his successor are unfolding and he will be announced once the new candidate is identified.
Simba have parted ways with Manojlovick less than 70 days since was hired to take charge of the club, replacing Pablo Franco. An official statement issued by the club and signed by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Barbara Gonzalez revealed that together with Manojlovic, they have also parted ways with Fitness Coach Sbai Karim.
Under Manojlovic, Simba have played a total of 11 matches. They have won six, drawn 1 and lost 4 most notably the 2-1 loss to their traditional rivals Young Africans during the Community Shield thriller at Benjamin Mkapa in Dar es Salaam. With the Serbian at helm, Simba have netted 22 while allowing 9 goals behind their net.
Their latest losses include the 1-0 defeat to Arta Solar of Djibouti that came a few days after Simba suffered another 1-0 loss to Al Hilal in the final game of mini-international friendlies in Sudan.
But, the Serbian boast a sweet 4-2 victory over Asante Kotoko in Sudan, 2-0 win over St George of Ethiopia staged at the climax of the Simba Day at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
Under him, Simba had a flamboyant start of the season by beating Geita Gold 2-0 and later went on to beat Kagera Sugar 3-0 in their second Premier League match, both of them staged at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium.
They had also fair performance during their pre-season trials in Egypt where they began with sweet 6-1 win over Abo Hamad, then drew 1-1 with Ismailia before beating Al Kholod 2-0. Simba lost 2-1 to Haras Al Hadoud in their final game of their Egyptian pre-season tour.
“Simba wish them all the best in their future endeavours. They will always remain part of the Simba family,” read part of the statement. It further indicated that ahead of today’s match, the team is going to be under the tutelage of the Assistant Coach Selemani Matola.
The Serbian trainer becomes the second Premier League coach to be sacked after just two official league fixtures with the first victim being the former Azam coach, Abdihamid Moallin.
Meanwhile, Simba hunt for maximum three points as they welcome KMC in the third round match of the Premier League at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam today. The Msimbazi Street Reds are seeking to uphold their 100 percent start of the season after pocketing six points from two played matches with both games staged at the 60,000 capacity venue.
They lost three trophies their previous campaign, something they do not want to see again this season as they have invested a lot in the squad for the mission.
On the other hand, KMC have had a poor start of the season after losing one match and stamping a draw in another duel as such; they have a big task to produce good results today.