Hassan Amir, a member of Cecafa’s technical Committee has spoken highly of Ugandan soccer coaches Sam Ssimbwa and Sam Timbe. Amir says that with the experience the two coaches have gathered over the years, they are the best in the region together with Sudan’s national team tactician Muhammad Abudallah Mazda.
He says that trio have achieved and won trophies with local teams, adding that they have their own mentality and system of doing things. Amir, a veteran of the Somali national team argues that there is no way, coaches like Ssimbwa and Timbe can fail to handle national teams in the regions because they have what it takes. He wonders why local federations spend lots of money to hire coaches from Europe instead of hiring the local available talent.
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Despite the fact that Francis Kimanzi, the coach of Kenya’s Harambe stars is the most qualified coach in the region after his one year course in Holland, Amir says he still has a long way to go especially because of his personality and the way he builds players. Amir’s praise of Ssimbwa comes as no surprise as the former Cranes winger last weekend won the League trophy with Express after the Red Eagles had spent 16 years without the trophy.
Ssimbwa also won the League with Rwanda’s Atraco, while Timbe also won the League with Tanzania’s Young Africans, Rwanda’s Atraco and won the regional Kagame Club Championship trophy with SC Villa and Police (Uganda), Atrcao (Rwanda) and Tanzania’s Young Africans.