Tanzanian giants Simba SC have completed the signing of midfielder Taddeo Lwanga on a free transfer from Egyptian club Tanta SC, the club announced on Wednesday.
Lwanga signed a two-year contract with the Wekundu wa Msimbazi until 2022, with an option for a further year.
The 26-year-old arrived at Kariakoo with a resume that includes over 200 appearances for Vipers, SC Villa, Express and Tanta SC, a league title and appearances at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Lwanga’s arrival is a welcome boost to head coach Sven Vandenbroeck who has been short of options in midfield with Luis Miquissone, Gerson Fraga and Jonas Mkude struggling with injuries.
Lwanga will become the latest Ugandan to join Simba and be hopeful he can have a similar effect to what Murushid Jjuuko offered them during his five-year stay at the club.
The club will also be looking across the fence and admire what Nicholas Wadada – another of Lwanga’s former teammate at Vipers – has gone on to provide at Azam FC.
The holding midfielder has the experience and credentials to succeed at the club and offers a different compenent for Vandenbroeck.
The uncertainty lies on what kind of shape Lwanga is in after the troubles especially in his last months at Tanta.
But Simba will have the chance to assess him more and work with him ahead of what may be his debut against Police on December 7 at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium.
The club has seen an opportunity with Lwanga and should hold a belief that he may follow the path taken by Jjuuko, and the midfielder should be relishing the chance to write his own history in Kariakoo.
Lwanga is a class act, and at his age, he is just getting better and the best years of his career are surely ahead of him.
He carries the spirit and wears his heart on his sleeves and every time he steps onto the pitch he puts in a shift.
With the ambition at the club, Simba needs great character, a winner’s mentality and quality players, you don’t need to ask that of Lwanga. The deal may have come late, but Lwanga is a great addition.
The move comes in the wake of Simba’s indifferent start to the season with the Tanzanian champions losing two games already and lie third, eight points behind rivals Yanga Africans albeit with two games in hand.
Simba are next in action at home to Nigeria’s Plateau United in the CAF Champions League preliminary round qualifiers on December 6.