Former Cranes assistant coach Sam Ssimbwa who was last week appointed by the Somalia FA to handle the Somalia team at the 2012 Cecafa Tusker Senior Challenge Cup is not a happy man after he survived being beaten by one of his players on Saturday night.
“Don’t play around with me because I will beat you up. How can they appoint you a Ugandan to coach us,” the Somalia player was heard saying on Saturday night at the Sports View Hotel in Namboole as he moved towards Ssimbwa, only to be stopped by another Somali official Hassan Amir.
But when Uganda Radio Network tried to speak to Ssimbwa, he said he was trying to handle some an indiscipline case with the said player.
On Sunday Ssimbwa’s team lost 5-1 to Burundi raising concerns that all is not well in the team camp. The second game in Group B saw John Bocco score twice to give Tanzania a 2-0 win over Sudan.
Meanwhile, the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Issa Hayatou who left the country on Sunday has advised countries in the East African region to try and bid for hosting Afcon instead of waiting to be pushed to do so.
The CAF boss, who was in Uganda and attended the Council for East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa) Congress and two matches of the 2012 Senior Challenge Cup on Saturday, said nations in this region need to plan well before submitting their bids. He said they must make sure things like required managerial skills, availability of stadiums, enough hotels and guaranteed security among others are well catered for in the bids.