By Staff Reporter,
Barely two months ago Ugandan tactician George “Best” Nsimbe was a happy man, all smiles as he led the Ice Cream makers Azam to second place finish in the prestigious Vodacom Tanzanian Premier League.
For Experienced Nsimbe, the new windfall in Tanzania would definitely come with its goodies as the money men as Azam are known popularly known are known to be one of the best paying clubs in East and Central Africa.
George Nsimbe joined Azam FC in December of 2014 signing a lucrative two-year deal as assistant to Cameroonian John Omog who was later unceremoniously sacked to pave way for the Ugandan to showcase his grit and knowledge as he was elavated to the interim coach. Alas the dreams of Nsimbe coaching one of the most glamorous clubs in East Africa were coming to fruition and it was happening away from home in Dar Es Salaam.
As things looked rosy for Nsimbe a plan was being hatched by the top management who had better plans than Nsimbe and what he did not know is that his time at Azam was not guaranteed as the owners wanted a bigger name that could handle the pressure that comes with coaching such a team with so much resources.
George Nsimbe might have been caught napping as Azam were secretly courting back their English coach Stewart Hall to help drive their vision in the new season and yes within no time the story was confirmed as Stewart landed in Tanzania accompanied by his plans for Azam but unfortunately the same did not include George Nsimbe.
Nsimbe did not know what hit him at that moment from great dreams and plans suddenly his plans came down tumbling as Stewart reduced him to the spanner boy who could warm up the team before matches and later dissapear to the locker room unnoticed.
The truth came as a shocker to Nsimbe who at that moment knew his days were numbered and the nail in his coffin came in the form of Azam winning the coveted Cecafa Kagame Cup 2015 for the first time at home a win that had firmly endorsed Stewart Hall and thrown Nsimbe to the gutters so suddenly without any notice.
Stewart Hall was clearly in his negotiations with the top football echelons in Azam before accepting his role giving express instructions that he would not be working with a back room staff that he had not personally chosen and that was the end of Nsimbe’s reign and dreams that he harboured.
The day Hall was asked by the Media what was Nsimbe’s exact role at the club, he spilt the beans ” He is not really anywhere specific at the moment. At the moment we just have coaches and everyone is trying to help out here and there. Very soon we shall have a specific role for everyone because we are trying to revamp the academy.”Stewart Hall’s response ended the long story of Azam and Nsimbe for any journalist who dared dig deeper that was the decider.
However Nsimbe the ex-KCC FC ,Victors FC and three time league winner with KCC FC thought perturbed and shocked by the new developments did not go home all grumpy as Azam met their obligations and paid him a tidy sum for the reminder of his contract going home to Uganda a richer man than he came to Tanzania.