Patrick Phiri yesterday signed a 2-year deal to coach Simba SC of Tanzania.
Phiri joins Simba after a season in charge at Nkana and being at the helm of Zambia from 2006 to March 2008.
This will be Phiri’s third stint with the record 17-time and told The Guardian of Tanzania that he was looking forward to the challenge of coaching Simba yet again.
“I know that two years is not enough to build a strong team but I will do my best to make sure that I do it, otherwise I will be forced to renew the contract to finish my mission,“ Phiri told The Guardian.
And Simba chairman Hassan Dalali said the club was pleased to have finally secured Phiri’s services for the next 24 months.
“We hope that Phiri will take us where we want to reach,“ Dalali said.
“We have been performing poorly for a long time. We tried to hire different coaches but none of them succeeded. I am sure Phiri will make it because he knows Simba very well.”
Phiri, whose salary would be paid for by Tanzania Breweries, has been given the mandate to find his own assistant coach.
In his previous tenure with Simba, Phiri led the club to the 2004 title and Tusker Cup triumph and also guided the Dar-es-Salaam Simba to the 2004 CECAFA Club Cup semifinals.
Phiri later resigned citing personal reasons before returning briefly in 2005 in a caretaker role following the resignation of South Africa Trott Moloto.