He is back! Coach Ssimbwa makes unexpected return to Sofapaka technical bench

Sam Ssimbwa

Sofapaka have acquired services of their former coach Sam Ssimbwa on a two-year contract.

The Ugandan was at Machakos Stadium as Sofapaka beat Thika United 5-1 to escape relegation on the last day of the Kenyan Premier League season.

Sofapaka chairman Elly Kalekwa confirmed the appointment, adding that they will retain former international John Baraza as the team's assistant coach.

"We have been talking with Ssimbwa for a long time and he has agreed to return to Sofapaka. He officially starts work next month," said Kalekwa.

He added:"We got him back because we believe he has what it takes to help us fight for the title next season. He is very good at identifying good players and I hope he will do the same for us."

Kalekwa said they are determined to avoid a similar situation that forced them to fight for survival until the last day of the season.

"Sssimbwa has already started identifying the potential signings for next season. We will need about seven new players to strengthen our current squad. We are also speaking to some potential sponsors," he said.

The club did not have a shirt sponsor, which saw key players leave due to financial challenges.

Sofapaka, who were promoted to the top league in 2009, had never finished beyond fourth place on the log. Last season though, things were different.

Sssimbwa last handled Sofapaka in 2010, but left the club unceremoniously and returned to Uganda.

He was caught up in a web of controversy early this year, when Uganda's football governing body Fufa suspended him for eight months due to unprofessional and unethical issues.

Ssimbwa, who was then an assistant coach of KCCA, was sacked by the club after the suspension.

According to a statement on the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa) website, their adjudicatory Chamber of the Ethics and Integrity Committee said Sssimbwa conducted himself in an unethical manner when he uttered statements that jeopardised the authenticity of results and integrity of matches.

The committee, however, reduced Sssimbwa's ban by 88 days after taking into account he had spent this time on provisional suspension by his former club KCCA.

"The committee found out that standards required from a senior coach like Sam Ssimbwa are higher than what he portrayed when he uttered statements relating to his ability to bribe match officials for favourable results," read part of the statement.

Next Story
LATEST STORIES
Jamie Vardy dismisses any links to Ranieri’s sacking

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy has slammed rumours linking him with Claudio Ranieri 's dismissal as "untrue" and "extremely hurtful".

TRACK DOMINANCE: Otieno, Kidake highlight Athletics Kenya relay series at Nairobi West

Sprinter Mark Otieno and Grace Kidake, who is back from maternity leave highlighted the Athletics Kenya Relays Series first leg at Nairobi West Prisons Grounds, yesterday.

Jose mourinho calls Barcelona star Neymar about a summer move to Manchester United

Jose Mourinho has been in contact with Brazilian star Neymar, as he attempts to persuade the Barcelona forward to leave Camp Nou and join Manchester United this summer.

Pele's son turns self in for Brazil prison sentence

The son of football legend Pele turned himself in late Friday after being ordered by a Brazilian court to begin serving a nearly 13-year prison sentence for money laundering and drug trafficking.

Zlatan stalling on new united deal

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is stalling on committing his future to Manchester United next season

Chelsea go 11 points clear, Leicester into bottom three after 3-1 win over Swansea

Chelsea surged 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League as Pedro inspired a 3-1 win over Swansea, while Leicester's gloom deepened as the troubled champions plunged into the relegation zone on Saturday.

More Stories
Jamie Vardy dismisses any links to Ranieri’s sacking

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy has slammed rumours linking him with Claudio Ranieri 's dismissal as "untrue" and "extremely hurtful".

Jose mourinho calls Barcelona star Neymar about a summer move to Manchester United

Jose Mourinho has been in contact with Brazilian star Neymar, as he attempts to persuade the Barcelona forward to leave Camp Nou and join Manchester United this summer.

Zlatan stalling on new united deal

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is stalling on committing his future to Manchester United next season

Chelsea go 11 points clear, Leicester into bottom three after 3-1 win over Swansea

Chelsea surged 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League as Pedro inspired a 3-1 win over Swansea, while Leicester's gloom deepened as the troubled champions plunged into the relegation zone on Saturday.

Latest Premier League standings for the 2016/2017 Season

table of Premier League standings for the 2016/2017 Season

Arsenal's chairman appears to fire a warning to contract rebels Sanchez and Ozil in club's latest financial statement

Arsenal will not act irrationally in contract negotiations with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil

Sacked Ranieri says goodbye to Leicester stars

Claudio Ranieri visited Leicester City's training ground on Saturday to say farewell to his former players and staff after his shock sacking.

Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick fit for Manchester United’s EFL Cup final, says Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has confirmed Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick will be available for Manchester United when they take on Southampton in the EFL Cup final on Sunday.

Mourinho posts emotional tribute to sacked Leicester City coach Claudio Ranieri

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho who was also dismissed a year after winning the title while at Chelsea, has words of encouragement for the sacked Leicester City coach Claudio Ranieri.