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Simba Closing In On Next Coach

Simba SC are closing in on the appointment of Radhi Jaïdi as their new head coach to succeed Robertinho.

The Brazilian coach received his letter of termination before the FIFA International break after a 5-1 drubbing in the Kariakoo Derby against Young Africans SC.

Sven Vandenvroeck, Pablo Franco Martin and Abdelhak Benchikha were subsequently linked with the role but now Tunisia legend Jaïdi has emerged as the front-runner.

iDiski Times understands he impressed the club’s board in a recent online meeting since opening talks on Friday afternoon.

The Tanzanian giants reached a verbal agreement with the Esperance de Tunis legend but will still need to negotiate a fee with Belgian club Cercle Brugge – where he’s a first-team coach.

Jaidi, who had spells in the Premier League with Southampton, Bolton and Birmingham during his playing days is now poised return to the continent after a short stint with Taraji.

He oversaw 36 games with the club, winning 19, with nine draws and seven defeats before parting ways via mutual agreement.

Should he be appointed in the upcoming days, his first match in charge will be against ASEC Mimosas in the CAF Champions League group stages.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.