Simba SC of Dar es Salaam are reaping the fruits of excellent organization. Aside from sitting atop the Tanzanian league for many years, they are also having a stellar CAF Champions League campaign. In the group stage, they lead group A ahead of Egyptian giants Al Ahly and AS Vita of DRC. Now Rachier is belatedly saying that Kogalo will adapt the Simba model.
“The financial challenges we face is our undoing at the international level,” Rachier told The Standard.
“We must organise our finances so that we cannot depend on the government. We have set up a committee headed by the secretary-general [Sam Ochola] to be able to source finance so that we complement what the sponsors are providing,” said Rachier.
“We want to become financially independent. With stable finances, I’m confident we will conquer Africa. We did it once in 1987 and I believe with our talented squad we can do it again. The Ochola-led task force is looking for ways on how they can commercialise the club.
“We are considering adopting the Simba SC model.”
Rachier also admitted other clubs are eagerly waiting to snatch players from them.
“The notorious poachers always wait in the wings and get our players when their existing contract is over. They have never paid us a single cent,” he added.
Gor Mahia have been losing key players and in the last transfer window, Joash Onyango left for Simba after Francis Kahata and Meddie Kagere had made similar moves. Boniface Omondi joined Wazito FC while Lawrence Juma signed for Sofapaka.
Currently, rumours have it that Kenneth Muguna is considering a move away from K’Ogalo while Tito Okello and Jules Ulimwengu – who took part in the last international duty in March with their respective nations – are yet to return.
Rachier also had to dismiss rumours that head coach Manuel Vaz Pinto is on the verge of leaving.