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Tanzania: Simba hires Real Madrid coach as heir to Gomes

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SIMBA has announced that Spain’s manager Pablo Franco will replace sacked Didier Gomes, the club’s website revealed on Saturday.

Born June 11, 1980, is a Spanish football coach born in the Spanish capital, Madrid. The coach’s most prominent club are Real Madrid and served the Spanish giants as deputy manager in 2018.

At Real Madrid he worked under Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari. He was deputy director at Coria CF and CF Fuenlabrada, and started his directorial career at CD Santa Eugenia in 2010. On January 27, 2012, he returned to Fuenlabrada as a physical trainer. On July 5, 2012, Franco was appointed director of CD Illescas, with his sides in the Tercera División.

On June 11 of the following year, he was appointed head of the league team CD Puertollano; in his first and only campaign he led the club to a first position in their squad, but the Castille-La Mancha team gave up on promotion due to financial problems.

On July 28, 2014, Franco was appointed manager of Getafe CF B. On February 26, 2015, after Quique Flores resigned, he was appointed interim manager of the main team and appeared in his professional game two days later in a 2-3 away loss to Malaga.

On March 3, 2015, Franco’s fate in the main squad was extended, with Javier Casquero as his assistant. Eight days later, after a 2-1 away win over Cordoba, the duo were officially awarded until the end of the season.

On June 1, 2015, after avoiding relegation with the main team, he was relieved of his duties. On March 10 of the following year, he was appointed coach of Georgian club FC Saburtalo Tbilisi, joining compatriot Manolo Hierro. In 2018 he was assistant manager of Real Madrid and from 2019 to 2021 he coached Al-Qadsia.

Meanwhile, Simba revealed that plans to launch “Simba Soccer City” are going well, so once fully established, the project will rock the entire continent due to its intensive scope.

This was revealed recently by club president Murtaza Mangungu, who pointed out that the project is being led by Simba’s sponsor Mohamed Dewji ‘Mo’.

He explained that the reason Mo stepped down as club president was reached because he wanted to spend more time improving the club’s infrastructure.

“We have a big project known as Simba Soccer City which will be launched soon and it will probably shake up all of Africa.

This issue is under the leadership of Mo himself and he has already set up a small committee to facilitate its establishment, ”he said.

Mangungu took the opportunity to assure Simba’s members and fans that the club are strong and will be able to defend the Premier League title of the season and perform well in the Confederation Cup.

“They have to have confidence in their team which is destined to accomplish a lot this season. There is no need to create pressure that will deprive our players of confidence to do well,” he said.

He also urged Simba’s players to put everything on the battlefield and not lose focus by insisting that management watch them closely.

In the mini-transfer window, any player who is deemed unfit to help Simba will be released regardless of their name or influence at the club.

We will also use the window to make some really big signings to strengthen our team, ”said the president. The next stop for Simba in the NBC Premier League will be at CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza on November 19, when they face off against Ruvu Shooting who chose the venue as their home territory.

Simba won 1-0 against Namungo in his previous league game thanks to substitute Meddie Kagere who scored in added time to help his team collect maximum points.

As such, out of five games played, Simba has recorded three wins and two draws and they are the only team to concede a goal yet with their striker Aishi Manula enjoying a five-game clean sheet.

On the other hand, Ruvu Shooting suffered a heavy 3-1 loss to Young Africans in their final league game. They will therefore have to provide answers as they face two great giants in consecutive duels.

Boniface Mkwasa’s side are ranked 10th in the table with six points and, like Simba, they have also scored three goals in five league appearances.


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