Gor Mahia striker Dan Sserunkuma appears set to join Tanzanian giants Simba. The Uganda Cranes talisman has been attending trials at the Dar es Salaam based club for a week. A report posted on futaa.com suggests that he has passed a medical and set to to put pen to paper on a new contract with Simba.
Sserunkuma had earlier been linked with moves to Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa and Al Ahly Shendy of Sudan. At Simba, Sserunkuma will link up with another former Gor Mahia player Raphael Kiongera who joined Simba and in the process bagged a KES 1.8 million signing bonus and a monthly salary of KES 150,000. Sserunkuma’s terms have not been made public.
In Tanzania, football has a mass following unlike in Kenya. As such the top sides have been able to cash on the popularity of the sport. The Dar es Salaaam derby typically draws crowds betweeen 50,000 and 60,000 which is roughly three times the number that the mashemeji derby draws. Whereas the Mashemeji derby typically nets about KRS 3.8 million, the Simba-Yanga derby usually nets approximately KES 25 million per game. And these two teams meet about four times a year, twice in the league and again in made-up tournaments like Mtani Jembe cup. This means that in one year, the Simba-Yanga derby can gross KES 100 million whereeas the Mashemeji derby grossed about KES 7 million in 2014.
Simba has a sponsorship from the Kilimanjaro been brand which is owned by Tanzania Breweries. The sponsorship is worth Tanzania shillings 495 million which is KES 25 million per year. Vodacom sponsors the Tanzanian league to the tune of Tsh 1.7 billion per year which is KES 88 million per year. That is much higher than the approximately KES 56 million per year that the Kenya premier league gets from Tusker. The Azam media group holds broadcasting rights for the Tanzanian league. They also have individual broadcasting deals with individual teams worth Tsh 4.4 billion.
It comes as no shock therefore that Tanzania can lure the best players from Kenya and sometimes even threaten to take coaches who are under contract as they did when they threatened to take Bobby Williamson last year.