Simba set for major management shake-up

By Michael Mwebe , The Guardian
Published at 06:00 AM Jun 13 2024
Salim ‘Try Again’ Muhene.
Photo: Courtesy of Simba
Salim ‘Try Again’ Muhene.

SIMBA have confirmed that Salim ‘Try Again’ Muhene has resigned as chairman and director of the football club.

Try Again was appointed to the club’s board as a director in 2017 and has helped the club oversee a successful period over the last seven years, including four league titles, three Federation Cup triumphs, and growth on and off the pitch.

In 2021, Try Again became the club's chairman following the resignation of Mohammed ‘Mo’ Dewji. 

However, the soft spoken chairman grew increasingly unpopular with supporters due to the recent drought in silverware.

Last season, Simba secured the Community Shield and Union Cup but fell away in the Premier League, African Football League and Federation Cup.

Simba ended the season in third place, meaning they missed out on qualification for the CAF Champions League for the first time in six years.

They also suffered their biggest derby defeat in the last 40 years when they collapsed in the second half to lose 5-1 to their arch-rivals Young Africans.

Angry fans and supporters pointed an accusing finger at the management led by Try Again calling out for a major shake-up of the club ahead of the new season.

With pressure mounting from different sides, Try Again made the decision to step down from his role to pave the way for the return of Mo Dewji on Tuesday evening. 

He said the club’s salvation lies in the hand of Mo Dewji.

"To save Simba and take it out of its current challenges, it is only Mo Dewji who can do that and take it forward. I have been talking to him frequently sometimes up to ten times a day, the aim is to see that he comes back to build a strong and better Simba,” he said.

"I have had a conversation with him and asked him to return to be the chairman of the club’s board as it was in previous years. I will remain a member and be a leader who will be ready to serve Simba at any time."

Mo Dewji, who had resigned due to what he termed his busy schedule which involves a lot of travel outside the country leaving him with little time to serve Simba, has now accepted to take over from Try Again.

In a brief video, Mo Dewji revealed factors behind Simba’s recent struggles. 

He pleaded with the club supporters, members and leaders to ease factionalism that came after the last election.

"Since the last election was concluded, we have had factions within the club. This has caused various conflicts within our club. I ask my fellow Simba members to break up the groups and come back to cooperate in the spirit of our motto, Simba Nguvu Moja," he said.

Mo Dewji promised to rebuild the club which will certainly involve a major shake-up on and off the pitch as the club look to bridge the gap with their arch-rivals Young Africans.