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The midfielder has been kept out of the team due to the ongoing disciplinary investigation that began on December 28.
Simba SC head coach Sven Vandenbroeck has revealed that he is not worried about the absence of midfielder Jonas Mkude ahead of their Caf Champions League encounter against Platinum FC.
The Tanzania international had to be excluded from the first team due to unspecified disciplinary issues, but Vandenbroeck believes he has enough players to replace Mkude, who had established himself as a key star in the team during the season.
“I can compare his absence to one caused by a red card, injury, or any other cause that might force a player to not participate,” Vandenbroeck said. Mwanaspoti. “I am sure the remaining midfielders are ready to perform well to help us win games.”
Mkude’s problems arose later Wekundu wa Msimbazi He had already signed Ugandan international Taddeo Lwanga to bolster the midfield department. Lwanga has yet to appear for the Tanzanian giants and the strategist said why he has yet to kick a ball since arriving in early December.
“If Lwanga is going to be in good shape and he is going to participate correctly in training, I plan to use him for our match against Platinum FC,” concluded the Belgian tactician. “I had also thought about facing Ihefu FC.”
Simba defeated the new boys in the league 4-0 before hosting the champions Zimbabwe on January 6.
Meanwhile, former Simba and Yanga SC star Amri Kiemba has said that Mkude should have been relegated to youth teams, where he would have kept busy and fit rather than completely freeze him.
“Mkude should have been allowed to train with the youth team to maintain his fitness, as matters of indiscipline are dealt with at the administrative level,” Kiemba said in the same publication.
“This could have been a great help so that when Simba needed it, he was ready and fit to play. His absence will be a big mistake, especially from a technical point of view ”.
It is unclear when Simba will complete his investigation and render a judgment following the allegations made against the star. The ongoing disciplinary matter also saw Tanzania’s head coach Etienne Ndayiragije choose not to select the deep midfielder for the upcoming African Nations Championship tournament in Cameroon.
Taifa Stars will face the Democratic Republic of the Congo in two friendlies before continental competition in January.