MAINLAND champions Simba announced yesterday the signing of central defender, Kennedy Wilson from Singida United and are linked with Zambian striker, Justin Shonga.
The Msimbazi Street giants have continued with squad rebuilding, ahead of the next seasons Mainland Premier League, CAF Champions League and Azam Sports Federation Cup (ASFC).
Yesterday afternoon, Simba released photos of Wilson penning a two-year deal with the club after having a successful spell at Singida United.
The photos also showed the former Acting President of the club, who is now one of the Board Directors, Salim Abdallah ‘Try Again’ witnessing Wilson signing the deal to feature for Simba next season.
In a brief statement accompanying the photos posted on the club’s instagram account, the club said that Wilson’s presence at the heart of Simba defence will add much impetus and competition in the team.
For the past few years, Wilson has been a regular player in the national team, Taifa Stars squad, though not in starting lineup.
He was among 39 players summoned by Stars Head Coach, Nigerian legend Emmanuel Amunike to form the provisional squad ahead of the 2019 Africa cup of Nations (AFCON) finals, kicking off in Egypt tomorrow but the player was later dropped from the final squad.
Meanwhile, Orlando Pirates striker Justin Shonga could be set for a move away from the South African giants with interest in his services mounting. Shonga joined Pirates towards the start of the 2017/18 season from Zambian side Nkwazi FC and has since risen to prominence.
The 22-year-old has become Coach Milutin Sredojevic’s preferred option up front, ahead of his Chipolopolo teammate Augustine Mulenga.
His exploits for the Zambia national team have also not gone unnoticed, with the police officer having netted seven goals in 15 international appearances. According to the South Africa’s KickOff.com Shonga has indeed attracted interest from Simba, who earlier this year reached CAF Champions' League quarterfinals.
However, at this stage, the two clubs have yet to come to an agreement over his transfer, while it is believed that interest from Europe has also since developed in The Buccaneer’s attacker. Pirates recently sold defender Marshall Munetsi to French Ligue 1 side Reims, and it remains to be seen whether they would be willing to let go of their main striking option too.
The Absa Premiership runners-up have since signed Bloemfonten Celtic striker Tshegofatso Mabasa, who could be a possible replacement for the outgoing Shonga.
Initially, Simba, who are the league champions for two consecutive seasons, were a bit slow in the transfer market, opting to work silently in bolstering their squad ahead of the new season.
Bit by bit, Simba are releasing details on the extension of contracts with key players including skipper John Bocco, first choice goalkeeper, Aishi Manula, versatile defender Erasto Nyoni and midfielder, Jonas Mkude. Simba also moved fast to extend a two-year contract with Ugandan born, Rwandese striker, Meddie Kagere, who had one year remaining in his current contract.
It means the new deal will keep Kagere at the club until 2022. Last week, Simba also announced to have captured the signature of goalkeeper, Beno Kakolanya, whose relationship with his former club—Young Africans ended in cold.
Kakolanya, one of the gifted goalkeepers in the country, has signed a two year deal to feature for Simba in next season’s Mainland Premier League and CAF Confederation Cup.