Reports from Tanzania suggest that Dan Sserunkuma has arrived in Dar es Salaam on Sunday and is currently residing at the Saphire Hotel. He is set to put pen to paper on a 2 year deal. The terms have been agreed upon and the contract will be signed on Wednesday.
The Tanzanian league stipulates that each team can only have 5 foreigners in its roster. Simba already has five: Amissi Tambwe, Joseph Owino, Emmanuel Okwi, Raphael Kiongera and Pierre Kwizera. The man who will make way for Sserunkuma is none other than his former clubmate Raphael Kiongera who joined Simba this year. This according to the Mwanaspoti newspaper.
The report suggests that Kiongera’s injury played a part in the decision by Simba to put him aside for Sserunkuma since earlier reports suggested that it was Kwizera who would be sent on loan. The report does not make it clear whether Kiongera will be sent on loan or otherwise. It does state that he may need surgery on his knee.
Simba coach Patrick Phiri praised Sserunkuma as a natural goal-scorer who is light on his feet. He described Sserunkuma as the player he wanted to sign most. Simba are determined to improve on their poor league position from last season.
At the Gor Mahia camp, there is still no word on whom Gor Mahia will sign. The deadline for submitting names to CAF is December 15. If Gor Mahia requires an extension, they will have to pay for the extension. Long term however, Gor Mahia has to work hard to reach the level for their Tanzanian counterparts such as Yanga, Simba and indeed even Coastal Union who were able to snatch Rama Salim. It can be done with proper planning. Even without a sponsor, Gor Mahia can raise funds via jersey sales. merchandize sales, membership and other avenues. But once again transparency is of paramount importance if Gor Mahia is to fully utilize the financial potential that exists in its fan base.