Lule: Mbeya City FC names former Uganda assistant Cranes coach

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The Ugandan will replace Amry Said Juma, who was fired in October due to poor performances.

Mbeya City of the Tanzania Continental League have appointed Mathias Lule as their new head coach after recent troubles.

The Mbeya tax collectors have not started the season as they had anticipated and the team’s management has decided to make changes to the technical bench to change the club’s fortunes. The changes have been confirmed by the team prior to their departure on Saturday to the Coastal Union.

“Mbeya City have confirmed Mathias Lule as the new head coach with immediate effect,” the club confirmed through a statement signed by CEO Emmanuel Kimbe and obtained by objective.

“14 coaches, four Tanzanians and 10 foreigners from Burundi, Mexico, Portugal, Rwanda, Burundi and Italy, had shown interest in the job and had sent their resumes.

“However, a special committee and members elected Lule by giving him 41 votes.”

Lule now replaces Amry Said Juma, who was fired in October after a series of poor performances.

“Mbeya City have terminated the contract of our coach Amry Said Juma with immediate effect,” the club had said in a statement.

“The decision to part ways was made between the two parties after lengthy talks and it was all due to poor performances the team has had in the continental Premier League.

Said joined the team in December 2019 during the second round of the top flight and now we wish him the best when he leaves to get a new job elsewhere.

“We take this opportunity to thank Said for the good work he did for the team and we will always remember him for the good things he brought to the team while he was in charge.”

Since Juma’s firing, the team has been under assistant coach Mathias Wandiba.

Lule, 41, initially served as Uganda Cranes’ assistant coach. He has also been a coach for the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Express FC, Entebbe FC and Proline FC.

He comes to the team that currently occupies the 15th position with 11 points. They have managed to win just two games this season and tied five, while losing the remaining six of the 13 played.

Mbeya City have also scored just six goals this season and conceded 15.

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