Mgunda set for return to Coastal Union to bolster CAF campaign

By Seth Mapoli , The Guardian
Published at 05:06 AM Jun 15 2024
Simba’s interim head coach Juma Mgunda.
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Simba’s interim head coach Juma Mgunda.

COASTAL Union are reportedly on the verge of securing the return of Juma Mgunda, the acting head coach of Simba Sports Club, in a strategic move aimed at bolstering their chances in the upcoming CAF Confederation Cup.

Mgunda’s return is expected to bring invaluable experience and leadership to Coastal Union, which will be participating in the prestigious tournament for the first time since 1989.

Mgunda’s imminent return is driven by his extensive experience in CAF competitions, which Coastal Union hope will complement and support their current head coach, David Ouma. 

The Kenyan tactician, despite his capabilities, lacks the necessary CAF license to lead the team in the CAF Confederation Cup, a critical qualification that Mgunda possesses. 

With a Diploma A license, Mgunda is fully certified to manage the team from the bench in CAF competitions, a credential that significantly enhances Coastal Union’s technical bench strength.

The negotiations for Mgunda's return are reportedly in advanced stages, with an official announcement anticipated soon. 

This move underscores Coastal Union’s commitment to ensuring they have the best possible leadership and expertise as they navigate the challenges of the Confederation Cup.

Mgunda’s track record speaks volumes. Last season, he played a crucial role in guiding Simba through the preliminary rounds of the CAF Champions League. 

His deep understanding of Coastal Union, having been a player and head coach at various times, further adds to his suitability for this role. 

Mgunda’s tenure at Coastal Union saw him contribute significantly to the club’s development, serving in various capacities.

Coastal Union’s recent performance in the Premier League has been commendable, finishing fourth with 43 points from 30 games. 

This strong domestic performance has set the stage for their return to international competitions, and the club is making strategic moves to ensure they are well-prepared.

In addition to strengthen their technical bench, Coastal Union are actively seeking to sustain their squad with experienced and skilled players. One of their primary targets is Lumiere Banza Kalumba, a Congolese striker currently with Tabora United.

Kalumba, who joined Tabora United from TP Mazembe at the beginning of the season, is seen as a key acquisition to enhance Coastal Union’s attacking options. 

The club is also reportedly in pursuit of players like Saidi Ntibanzokiza and Djuma Shabani, further underscoring their ambition to field a competitive team in the Confederation Cup.

Coastal Union’s proactive approach in the transfer market and their efforts to secure a seasoned coach like Mgunda reflect their determination to make a significant impact in the CAF Confederation Cup. 

The club’s management is leaving no stone unturned in their quest to ensure the team is not just participants but serious contenders in the tournament.

This will mark Coastal Union’s return to international competitions after a long hiatus, with their last participation dating back to 1989. The club’s supporters are eagerly anticipating this new chapter, hopeful that the combination of seasoned leadership and new talent will usher in a period of success on the continental stage.

Mgunda’s familiarity with Coastal Union’s culture and his previous successes with the club are expected to smoothen the transition and integration process. His leadership will be crucial in navigating the complexities of international competitions, providing strategic insights, and fostering a winning mentality within the team.