South African coach takes the helm at Simba SC

A South African coach has been named as the new head coach of Tanzanian powerhouse Simba SC ahead of the upcoming 2024/25 season.

The Tanzanian giants have been looking for a replacement of Abdelhak Benchikha who parted ways with the club in April earlier this year.

It was an unexpected exit for the Algerian tactician especially after helping the side win the Muungano Cup, defeating Azam FC.

Following his exit, Simba appointed Juma Mgunda to guide the club for the then-remaining games before the 2023/24 season ended.

‘Wekundu wa Msimbazi’, as they’re well-known, were linked with AmaZulu coach Pablo Franco Martin and Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela last month.

However, the two aforementioned coaches are back with their respective clubs in South Africa preparing for the next DStv Premiership.

WHICH SOUTH AFRICAN COACH HAS BEEN APPOINTED BY SIMBA SC?

Simba SC officially announced former Orlando Pirates coach Fadlu Davids as their new coach on Friday evening.

“A great teacher is here,” the club announced on its social media platforms.

“The new head coach of Simba SC, Fadlu Davids.”

Davids stepped down from his assistant coach position at Raja Casablanca this past midweek. He previously served under head coach Josef Zinnbauer, who also recently departed the Moroccan club.

Last season, the duo led Raja Casablanca to a historic feat: an undefeated league title, earning them the ‘Invincibles' moniker. They capped off the stellar campaign by clinching the Throne Cup.

David is accompanied by three other South Africans in his technical team. Wayne Sandilands, the goalkeeper coach, departed from AmaZulu to assume the same position at Simba. Additionally, Riedoh Berdien will serve as the fitness coach, and Mueez Kajee will take on the role of analyst.

Davids will be serving as a head coach for the third time, previously leading Maritzburg United twice and co-coaching Orlando Pirates with Mandla Ncikazi.

The 43-year-old was also an assistant coach at Lokomotiv Moscow in what was a brief stint of three months in 2022.

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