The French tactician lays bare the reason his new signings have not been given chances to play for the Msimbazi giants
Simba SC coach Didier Gomez Da Rosa has come out to clarify why new signings Junior Lokosa and Peter Muduhwa have not played a single game for the team.
The two players were signed during the mini-transfer window, with Nigerian striker Lokosa arriving from Esperance of Tunisia while Zimbabwean defender Muduhwa joined from Highlanders FC.
So far neither of the players has played a single match for the Msimbazi giants despite the team taking part in the Mainland Premier League, the domestic cup, and the Caf Champions League.
The French tactician has now explained why the duo is yet to get playing time by stating as quoted by Sokalabongo: “Lokosa failed to play competitive matches for a long time due to where he was playing the league took a break because of the coronavirus pandemic, so until the time he got in Dar es Salaam he was not physically fit.
“I need more time to work on Lokosa and restore his physical fitness and after I will give him a chance to play, that’s why he has not been seen in competitive matches so far despite signing for us.
“Muduhwa has been doing well even in practice but it is difficult to reduce players who play well and understand each other in the league but if there is a challenge or need more playing space is possible.
“After the season is over we will evaluate the whole squad and look at the needs of our team and then I will give my perspective on the players we need to stay with and areas to strengthen.”
According to Gomes, who has been using three strikers – Chriss Mugalu, John Bocco, and Meddie Kagere – Lokosa needs to work harder and show more commitment to get a chance to play for Simba.
Simba are leading Group A in the Champions League after getting seven points from three matches and they are second on the league table, four points fewer than table-toppers and rivals Yanga SC, but they have three matches in hand.
The Wekundu wa Msimbazi have also qualified for the fifth round of the FA Cup.