Ugandan coach Nsimbe takes the helm at Tusker FC
Kenyan Premier League champions Tusker have settled on Ugandan tactician George ‘Best’ Nsimbe as their new head coach.
The experienced Ugandan coach will be assisted by homegrown coach Francis Baraza.
The two have been handed two year deals and will be unveiled in the New Year.
Confirming the developments, club chairman James Musyoki said “We are going to continental assignments and we need to be strong and that is why we settled on them. We intend to go through all the rounds winning every game and we believe they are the best.”
The duo’s major task will be to perform well in the Caf Champions League where Kenyan clubs have performed dismally in the recent past.
LEAGUE AND CUP DOUBLE
Nzimbe takes over from compatriot Paul Nkata who decamped to Bandari last week after guiding the brewers to a rare league and cup double.
By the time of his departure Nkata still had one year left on his contract but the allure of greener pastures at the Mombasa based Bandari proved hard to resist.
“When I came to Kenya I came for money and I will always go where there is money. Even my children know that I’m here in Kenya working,” Nkata told Daily Nation two weeks before taking the Bandari offer.
Nzimbe has been in the country for the last one week as the two parties worked on the contract details. His presence at Tusker’s junior team matches in Kenyan Premier League under-20 championship at Camp Toyoyo lent strong credence that he was poised for the job.
Prior to joining Tusker, Nzimbe coached Vipers SC in Uganda as well as Tanzanian moneybags Azam.
The 50-year-old has also previously led Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA FC) to three league titles (2008, 2013 and 2014).
Baraza on the other hand joins the brewers from Chemelil Sugar where he guided the team to a fifth place in the ended season.
Baraza, 40, had a great season with Chemelil and was in August voted the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month by football writers for his team’s impeccable run in the league.
For his vast coaching experience, Baraza, who has also coached Sony Sugar, Western Stima and Muhoroni Youth in Kenya’s top flight league, is expected to help scout for talent as the brewers build a solid outfit that can challenge domestically and abroad.