Mathias Salongo Lule has been appointed as the new coach for Tanzania Premier League club, Mbeya City Football Club replacing Amry Said Juma who was sent packing in October following a string of poor results.
The development was confirmed by Mbeya City’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Afisa Mtendaji Mkuu in a press release that read;
“Mbeya City Football has announced Mathias Lule as a head coach from now. A special committee passed the name of Lule, a Ugandan after he accumulated 41 votes of all members.
The club board formed a special committee to scan requests and CV’s sent by coaches with regards to the vacancy announced. 14 coaches with class A (4 Tanzanians and 10 foreigners from Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Ureno, Mexico, and Italy.”
Mathias Lule’s Manager Tendo Musoke says Mbeya City came at the right time and they could not hesitate to take on the offer;
“We had a number of offers lately, in our country, then Rwanda, Zambia, and Kenya. but the discussions we had with all were always affected by travel restrictions and the fact that my client was still on compassionate leave after the loss of his mum. Mbeya City came at the right time and having worked in Tanzania before (at Stand United in 2014), we could not hesitate to agree. Our main target is to save the team from the drop and then help it compete in the next season.”
Mathias Lule is a former Uganda Cranes assistant coach and has also managed Uganda’s Junior sides including the U17, U20 among others.
He has also managed Uganda Premier League Clubs including; KCCA FC, Express FC, Entebbe FC, Uganda Revenue Authority (as an assistant coach), and was recently at Proline FC last season.
Mbeya City has been under the stewardship of Mathias Wandiba, who was Amry Said Juma’s assistant by the time the club sent the former head coach packing.
The Jacaranda Warriors currently stand 15th on the 18-team log with 11 points after 13 games with only two wins, five draws, and six losses.